I was thinking of knitting my Dad a pair of socks for Christmas, but he's diabetic, and has to wear special socks. Has anyone here knitted socks for a diabetic person? Are there any particular yarns for, patterns for, or rules associated with making diabetic socks? Is it not a good idea to knit socks for his?
I make my husbands socks by using the Pure and Simple patterns. I make the Ribbing shorter because of his legs are very tender. He loves them and I use Palette from Knit Picks. I thought that it was a little scarchy but he says they really feel soft on his feet.
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Yes, diabetics need to be particularly careful with their feet. Why? Because often, diabetic nerve damage means that if they get a blister or a cut or something, they may not feel the pain like non-diabetics. So the neglected cut gets infected. Then comes gangrene. Then comes amputation. Bad scene.
So. Any socks for diabetics MUST be as soft and non-abrasive as possible. That means no knots - in the foot portion, at least. Knots and lumps cause blisters. Same for fit - if the foot part is too large, the risk of wrinkling increases, and a wrinkle can likewise cause blisters.
Often blood supply is not optimal for diabetic feet. So warmth would be a good thing.
Hope this helps,
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Our foot and ankle clinic always advises diabetic patients that socks should be white so that should their foot get a sore and begin to bleed it will be seen through their sock. Also, the cuffs should be very loose to prevent any restrictions to circulation.
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My Mom is diabetic and she wears nothing but white socks. They're loose around the top, snug on her feet, and very soft. She recently lost part of her big toe because she stubbed it on a table leg. They did major surgery to "roto-rooter" the artery in her leg to improve circulation. I know this is probably TMI, but wanted to express how important proper care of the feet are to diabetics.
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I'm glad someone has touched on the issue of people with diabetes, as I lost my mother 2 years ago to diabetes and now I'm taking care of my father who is also diabetic and an amputee. I need to learn dpn's as I would love to make him socks and a stump sock as well. Thanks again for the links and your posts.
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