How can FootHuggers Comfort Socks help with Diabetes?
- FootHuggers have no elastic. No tightness around the foot or leg. Helps promote good circulation, unlike normal socks seen in photos below.
- FootHuggers help wick moisture away. Wicking moisture helps your feet all year long.
- In the winter, sweaty feet can become cold feet. Heat leaves your body much faster when you are wet. Socks that help evaporation also help your feet stay warmer. FootHuggers socks insulate your foot, helping you stay warm.
- In the Summer, sweaty feet can become hot, burning feet. FootHuggers promote evaporation which is a cooling process for the body. On a hot day, wearing FootHuggers can actually feel cooler than bare feet in sandals.
- FootHuggers socks cushion your feet. Helps with your comfort.
- FootHuggers are thin enough to wear in all your shoes. Review each style to discover which style best meets your individual needs.
FootHuggers Comfort Socks are available in three styles: Anklet, Crew, and Knee-high Bootsock. Review each style and choose the sock that best meets your individual needs.
All About Diabetes
Reprinted from diabetes.org
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.
There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.
In order to determine whether or not a patient has pre-diabetes or diabetes, health care providers conduct a Fasting Plasma Glucose Test (FPG) or an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT). Either test can be used to diagnose pre-diabetes or diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends the FPG because it is easier, faster, and less expensive to perform.
With the FPG test, a fasting blood glucose level between 100 and 125 mg/dl signals pre-diabetes. A person with a level of 126 mg/dl or higher has diabetes.
In the OGTT test, a person's blood glucose level is measured after a fast and two hours after drinking a glucose-rich beverage. If the two-hour blood glucose level is between 140 and 199 mg/dl, the person tested has pre-diabetes. If the two-hour blood glucose level is at 200 mg/dl or higher, the person tested has diabetes.
Major Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes: Results from the body's failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them. It is estimated that 5-10% of Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes: Results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes: Gestational diabetes affects about 4% of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases in the United States each year.
Pre-diabetes: Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. There are 54 million Americans who have pre-diabetes, in addition to the 20.8 million with diabetes.
What are the scope and impact of Diabetes?
Reprinted from WebMD.com
Diabetes is widely recognized as one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. In 2000, it was the sixth leading cause of death. However, diabetes is likely to be underreported as the underlying cause of death on death certificates. About 65 percent of deaths among those with diabetes are attributed to heart disease and stroke.
Diabetes is associated with long-term complications that affect almost every part of the body. The disease often leads to blindness, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage. Uncontrolled diabetes can complicate pregnancy, and birth defects are more common in babies born to women with diabetes.
In 2002, diabetes cost the United States$132 billion. Indirect costs, including disability payments, time lost from work, and premature death, totaled $40 billion; direct medical costs for diabetes care, including hospitalizations, medical care, and treatment supplies, totaled $92 billion.
Who gets Diabetes?
Diabetes is not contagious. People cannot "catch" it from each other. However, certain factors can increase the risk of developing diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes occurs equally among males and females, but is more common in whites than in nonwhites. Data from the World Health Organization's Multinational Project for Childhood Diabetes indicate that type 1 diabetes is rare in most African, American Indian, and Asian populations. However, some northern European countries, including Finland and Sweden, have high rates of type 1 diabetes. The reasons for these differences are unknown.
Type 2 diabetes is more common in older people, especially in people who are overweight, and occurs more often in African Americans, American Indians, some Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic Americans. On average, non-Hispanic African Americans are 1.6 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of the same age. Hispanic Americans are 1.5 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. American Indians have one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world. On average, American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.2 times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. Although prevalence data for diabetes among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are limited, some groups, such as Native Hawaiians and Japanese and Filipino residents of Hawaii aged 20 or older, are about twice as likely to have diabetes as white residents of Hawaii.
The prevalence of diabetes in the United States is likely to increase for several reasons. First, a large segment of the population is aging. Also, Hispanic Americans and other minority groups make up the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. Finally, Americans are increasingly overweight and sedentary. According to recent estimates, the prevalence of diabetes in the United States is predicted to reach 8.9% of the population by 2025.
"I love these FootHuggers.My daughter is diabetic.
She used the socks last year and loved them." ~ Caring Mother
"I absolutely love these socks! Wearing them dispels any myth suggesting that all warm socks are equal. Anyone with circulation challenges like me or even other freeze baby types, owe it to themselves to try your FootHugger Bootsocks. The assurance of soft comfort whisper value everytime I put them on; and the gentle hug of the lasting warmth, brings the pleasure of pain-free adventures into my reality. From the moment your Bootsocks met my legs it has been added relief, soothing away little aches and pains I learned to accept as a diabetic with lymphoedema."
"Yes, FootHuggers are definitely worth it!" ~ Joyce in MN
"I just wanted to send an email to thank you for your hospitality, especially for the gentleman at the Denver Holiday Food & Gift Show, who gave me a pair of anklets, since I am out of work and diabetic. I am so thankful for his kindness and wanted your company to know how much it means to me. I will not forget him soon, nor will I forget the generosity of your company, and of course the comfortable socks. Thank you soooo much and God bless you." ~ Patricia in Denver, Colorado
FootHuggers Knee-High Bootsocks
Customer Testimonials & Reviews
I love FootHuggers socks. I currently have 3 pairs of FootHugger BootSocks and would like to order 6 more pairs. The socks are PERFECT!
~ Nancy in Beverly Hills, California
"I really like the FootHugger material and I like the knee-high (BootSock) length."
I absolutely love these socks! Wearing them dispels any myth suggesting that all warm socks are equal. Anyone with circulation challenges like me or even other "freeze baby" types, owe it to themselves to try your FootHugger Bootsocks. The assurance of soft comfort whisper value everytime I put them on; and the gentle hug of the lasting warmth, brings the pleasure of pain-free adventures into my reality. From the moment your Bootsocks met my legs it has been added relief, soothing away little aches and pains I learned to accept as a diabetic with lymphoedema.
Yes, FootHuggers are definitely worth it!
~ Joyce in Hinckley, MN
I recently had a chance to go to Anchorage, Alaska where I volunteered to be a "Dog Handler" at the 2005 Iditarod Dog Sled Race - awesome experience. I HATE the cold because I can never keep my hands & feet warm. I spent 2 days (approx. 6-8 hours, each day) outside for the races. I remembered my "WristHuggers" and for the first time ever that I can remember my hands were not cold, even when I removed my mittens.
I also had my "FootHugger Bootsocks" on, and my feet stayed warm too. I have now purchased a pair of WristHuggers for my friend in Alaska, and I know she will love them. I also wear them for ATV riding in the early spring and fall up in Northern Wisconsin, and I enjoy riding a lot more when my hands and feet are warm. I love the products.
Thanks, Shirley Sigler
Hi! My name is Eva and I dragged my husband to the Spring Craft Show at the Odeum in Villa Park, IL earlier this year. He is an avid SCUBA diver constantly on the look out for products that would add comfort to his dives.
We came across your booth and he was interested and tried on a pair of the FootHugger Bootsocks. He was worried about the seam squeezing under his suit and you assured him he would have no issues. Well, he just went diving last weekend and they worked out great! On his first dive he didn't even fold down the seam and he was so surprised - he had no issues at all. His feet were perfectly comfortable and dry after all his dives! Thank you so much for such a great product!
Sincerely, Scott & Eva Weber
A Diabetic's Review of ALL
FootHuggers Comfort Socks:
Hi, I am just home from Black Hills Stock Show 2007. I ran into your booth on a frigid evening when my husband was running to get the pickup and I was approached to try your socks. Skeptical, yes! They were different looking and had lots of promises and such. Diabetic approved, keeps your feet warm.... yeah right! I have diabetes and we have cold in South Dakota with wind chills of less than -35! I was cold doing chores and just being alive. But these socks.... hummmmm. Trying some on they felt so nice. Not bulky, comfort, flat seams, and well.... get the other sock and let me walk in them. Up the stairs and down, my feet were already soar and tired. These feel good, I thought.
Ok I bought a couple pair. Phone rang and I headed out to the pickup. Home at last. Well this has been a revaluation to say the least. My grandfather always said "No foot, no horse". I felt like a canner horse most days with my feet. I have hammer toes, bunions, and other conditions involving nerves and the balls of my feet not having natural padding . Needless to say my feet suffer on a daily basis. OK.... not even I believed it, these socks make a huge difference. I have to hand it to the inventor. They are truly awesome. They are soft as a baby foals muzzle.
Most socks, even those approved as diabetic socks, fall down, stretch out, have rubbing seams and are flat-out uncomfortable, I love these socks. They are not bulky, fit in my shoes, boots, and other footwear. No slipping down, crawling into the foot area, they don't sweat and pull on my toes and bind them up. I can move my toes to gain relief at anytime. My feet remained dry and comfortable. Do you know how much that means to me? Pain relief! Comfort! Oh yea, and remember how cold I said it was....well my feet were warm as were my legs wearing these boot socks. I loved them. I had to wash them over and over not only to test them, but to wear again during the week. And I tried to stretch them out and wear them twice in a row and they don't loose shape! I wore them to bed to keep my toes and legs toasty too. Honestly, I can't find anything wrong with them.
And to further my test, I purchased some diabetic approved crew socks at a footwear specialty shop to compare with. They lost quickly and totally. They fell down in my daily workout and crawled in to the foot of my shoes, collected moisture, pulled on my toes and were not warm! They were like the old slouch socks that were popular a while back. Not my opinion of comfort or relief for my problems. And they were priced about the same as these crew socks. Not much of a bargain.
I am a Curves fitness trainer so I wore my ankle socks to work thinking they would work down into my shoe and crumple up in the foot area....again my suspicious mind was wrong. Perfectly comfortable as the knee socks. They came through with flying colors. Speaking of colors there are several to choose from and I now have all 3 lengths to wear. I also raise Paint and Quarter Horses with my husband. I know he was asking about ordering them .... he works out in the weather nearly every day... contracting. He is also diabetic. I think he was hinting to get some too?
I am sold on these socks for life. I can't tell you how pleased I am with the relief from discomfort I have experienced. They are number one on my list. We will be customers for life. Thanks for such a wonderful product.
Now I am looking at all the other neat items you have. We will be ordering soon. I am so thankful our paths crossed on a cold weekend in South Dakota. God Bless You All.
~ Jackie McElhaney in Edgemont, South Dakota