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Non-binding socks, also called diabetic socks, are designed to promote circulation and prevent blood from collecting in the ankles and feet. More importantly, they are made without an elastic band at the top to keep legs healthy.
While most traditional socks have a band of elastic to hold them up, it can actually be pretty dangerous for diabetics who are at risk for foot problems like neuropathy. The elastic can feel tight around your calves, causing a “rubber band effect”, which can compromise your blood circulation. Over time, this can contribute to blood clots (DVT), varicose veins, and more.
Non-binding socks are non-constrictive and help aide circulation by avoiding pressure on the leg and reducing constriction, which allows your own blood flow to move easier. Allowing proper circulation helps prevent diabetic foot problems from occurring, and also promotes healing if they do occur.
So, how do non-binding socks stay up without an elastic band holding them in place? Instead of risking the chance of cutting off your circulation with an elastic band, non-binding socks are made of a cotton/nylon/spandex blend that evenly distributes the tightness around your leg, which keeps the sock in place. Non-binding socks also provide a close fit, which prevents any loose fabric from rubbing up against your skin and causes blisters.
Socks are a small accessory that most people don’t put much thought into, but they are important for healthy legs and feet. So next time you put on a pair of socks, take a moment to think about how they fit. Are they too tight on your leg? Are they bunched up around your ankles? What about the toe box?
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You don’t have to be diabetic to reap the health benefits of non-binding socks. In fact, anyone can wear non-binding or diabetic socks to keep his or her legs healthy!
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