Dr. Todd Mann, an Indianapolis podiatrist and his team at AHP occasionally have time to answer common questions they hear about from their diabetic and wound care patients. There aren’t many worse feelings than laying in a comfortable bed, tucked in with your favorite magazine and a nice Indianapolis spring breeze coming in through a screen window; and not being able to truly be comfortable because your feet are ice cold! Too warm to truly use a blanket, you’re forced to rummage through darkened drawers for warm socks, waking up yourself and your spouse in the process. You might wonder, “If it’s so nice and warm outside, then why are my feet still freezing?”
Cold feet can be caused by many different conditions, and can just be a naturally occurring feature in life, however, they are often a result of poor blood circulation towards your extremities. In addition to poor circulation, people who suffer from diabetes may also experience neuropathy, which results in a loss of sensation in your feet, a symptom that can also give you cold feet. Regardless if you fit in either of these categories, it is best to double-check with your doctor and find out the cause of your own cold feet, before pursuing diabetic foot treatment.
If your temperature and circulation issues are related to diabetes-related blood flow problems, you may want to invest in several pairs of diabetic socks. Diabetic socks look like any other socks, but are specially designed to promote blood flow and circulation throughout the entire foot. Their lack of seams, as well as non-binding tops, mean that they restrict blood flow drastically less than standard socks. Diabetic socks are available in many sizes and styles, so you don’t have to worry about always wearing bulky socks while exercising or enjoying the warm weather, and can still find calf-length socks for those snowy days when you’ve got to pull on your winter boots and get the snow-shovel out. For added comfort, you can even get compression socks, which can help increase circulation while providing extra cushion for the bottoms of your feet. Another option for cold feet treatment is celliant socks. Celliant socks provide the same lack of restrictiveness to promote circulation, are extra comfortable, and in addition, relieve foot pain by elevating oxygen levels in the skin while simultaneously promoting a regular body temperature.
If you have cold feet that are suffer from diabetes-related foot pain, celliant socks may be the best option for you. No matter the season, time of day, or personal activity level, there’s no reason to be stuck with cold feet caused by poor circulation. After seeing your doctor, there are plenty of options for diabetic socks that can improve your lifestyle by keeping you more comfortable, warm, and give you the support you need to not just make it through your day — you’ll enjoy your day as well. If you are looking for a local Indianapolis podiatrist, reach out to the team at AHP for a consultation today.