Managing Edema From Diabetes: Effective Strategies

Edema & Diabetes

By now, you’ve probably been told by doctors, pharmacists, and fellow diabetes patients that you should be prepared to deal with swollen legs, ankles, and feet. That condition is known as peripheral edema, and while seemingly harmless, it can lead to more serious problems when not treated properly. Let’s see how to deal with diabetic edema.

What Are the Causes of Diabetic Edema?

Diabetic edema refers to the swelling in the lower limbs caused by the collection of fluid. It can happen in one or both legs. That’s right, even when dealing with swelling in one leg, diabetes patients should still take the issue seriously. 

How does edema occur? It is a result of damage caused to the capillaries caused by pressure. This pressure causes fluid to leak into the surrounding tissue. That’s why your feet swell up when you have diabetic edema.

Circulation problems often cause diabetes patients’ wounds to heal slowly. Edema slows the process down even further. As you know, unhealed wounds can get easily infected, which could cause even more damage when untreated.

For that reason, controlling edema is essential. 

The Increased Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Another dangerous side effect of diabetes pitting edema is developing Deep Vein Thrombosis. DVT is the chronic development of blood clots in deep veins inside your body. DVT is nothing to take lightly. In some cases, DVT can be fatal.

If you have a loose blood clot, it can easily travel into your lungs. That would cause a Pulmonary Embolism, a potentially fatal condition. By looking at its symptoms - chest pain, lack of breath, rapid pulse -  you can see that PE is close to a heart attack.

When not treated, DVT can develop into a chronic condition. As it’s known, Post Thrombotic Syndrome can be a life-long condition that could lead to changes in the skin, development of ulcers, and other diabetes symptoms that could lower your life quality. 

Benefits of Compression for Peripheral Edema

How can you treat insulin edema? Applying compression to your lower extremities will not only ease the symptoms of edema but help your feet become healthy again, as well. Edema is usually caused by a condition called Venous Insufficiency.

Diabetic socks promote blood flow in the feet, ankles, and calves by giving gentle pressure to the lower extremity veins and valves. That’s the most efficient way of reducing peripheral edema. However,  people suffering from diabetic edema need to be careful when choosing the right socks.

Traditional compression socks are designed for athletic performance. While they can help diabetes patients, they can squeeze leg muscles too much and prevent blood from flowing freely. That’s why you need to find specially designed diabetic socks

What Are Diabetic Socks and What Do They Do?

Diabetes and other conditions associated with it hinder blood circulation. Only limited blood circulation feels uncomfortable, but it can also lead to a blood sugar build up in your body, damaging your veins. That damage can cause a heart attack or a stroke.

That’s why diabetic socks like Viasox have been invented. These socks protect your legs from micro-cuts and ulcers while promoting proper blood flow at the same time. They’ll give you the mobility you desire and prevent any blood clots from forming in your veins.

Just like regular socks, diabetic socks come in different styles and sizes. Viasox comes in a variety of sizes with a colorful style that will brighten up your day. Who says that health needs to be sterile and boring? 

When Is the Right Time to Get Diabetic Socks?

For people suffering from diabetes, leg swelling, and redness can be entirely prevented by the right pair of socks. Unlike commercial compression socks, diabetic socks give your legs just the right balance of pressure and comfort. But when should you get your first pair?

If you’re experiencing prediabetes edema, will these socks be able to help you? Yes, they will. At the first sign of edema, you should get yourself a pair of light-compression socks to prevent the condition from progressing and spiraling out of control.

While having a chat with your physician is advised, you should consider buying diabetic socks if:

  • You’ve experienced swelling in your feet for months.
  • You’re already at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis.
  • You’re pregnant and have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

  • When looking for socks to deal with diabetic edema, you should go for a thick, padded pair of socks with no seam. A non-binding band at the top of the sock is also essential because you don’t want a band that will restrict your blood flow.

    The fit and construction of diabetic socks are essential. Luckily, here at Viasox, we have a money-back guarantee that will eliminate any worries about not being satisfied with our product. However, we should point out that we have a 100% satisfaction rate. 

    Get Your Viasox Pair Today to Ease Foot Swelling!

    Diabetic edema can be a severe issue if you don’t pay it any attention. When it comes to diabetic foot care, you need to take a proactive approach. That means you need to check your feet regularly and look for diabetic macular edema signs on your own.

    People with diabetes tend to lose feeling in their feet, which can cause you not to notice that your feet are starting to swell. Fortunately, you can prevent this using diabetic socks. 

    With Viasox, you can ensure that your feet and calves get the right amount of compression. That will send your blood flow directly to your heart and back to your feet seamlessly. 

    Here’s how to order your first pair of Viasox diabetic socks:

  • Find the ideal pair of socks for you.
  • Pick how many pairs of socks you want.
  • Sit back comfortably and wait for your socks to arrive.
  • Get diabetic socks today and prevent your feet from swelling up ever again!

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