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Should I wear socks if I have diabetes?

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Yes. Always wear clean, dry socks. Don't wear stretch socks or socks made of nylon. Choose well-padded socks made of a cotton-based material, and change them every day. Don't wear socks that have an inside seam or an elastic band at the top. Got cold feet at night? Wear socks to bed. Don't use water bottles, electric blankets, or heating pads on your feet, because they could cause burns.

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Diabetes: Foot Care.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Diabetes: Foot Care.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Care.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on May 18, 2019

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