What Is diabetic neuropathy?
A complication that can affect up to 50% of patients with diabetes , diabetic neuropathy occurs when high blood serum glucose levels damage peripheral nerves. As a result, patients can present with symptoms ranging from mild numbness, burning, and tingling to, paradoxically, heightened sensitivity and debilitating pain.
First-line medications include pregabalin, gabapentin, and antidepressants, which have been shown to reduce symptoms in 30 - 50% of patients [2, 3], although second-line medications include opioids for pain management.
Overall, management of diabetic neuropathy remains a challenging problem for healthcare practitioners, with as many as 39% of painful diabetic neuropathy cases unreported.
“...the actual treatment of diabetic neuropathy is not perfect, and often most treatments do not work. Complete relief from symptoms of neuropathy is rare.”
How does diabetic neuropathy affect a patient’s quality of life?
In addition to the immediate symptoms of numbness, tingling, and pain, diabetic neuropathy can lead to balance problems and an increased risk of falling, ulcerations, and limb amputation. Neuropathic pain in particular is experienced by 10 - 20% of diabetic patients and can be severely disabling to the patient, creating a large overall societal burden.
How do healthcare practitioners use socks for diabetic neuropathy?
Regular foot care is important for patients with diabetic neuropathy as ulcers form readily, heal slowly, and may not be sensed by the patient. In some cases the injuries can become severe enough to require amputation, making injury prevention critical. As part of their preventive foot care program, many healthcare providers recommend the use of diabetic socks that are designed to wick moisture, remain snug but not tight to prevent chafing, and include extra padding.
What makes VoxxLife socks for diabetic neuropathy different from regular diabetic socks?
Unlike regular diabetic socks which only provide passive injury prevention, VoxxLife’s socks contain a specially designed VoxxLife HPT pattern that actively reduces the perception of pain in patients with painful diabetic neuropathy.
In a study of 1,000 patients with painful diabetic neuropathy who had been wearing regular diabetic socks, one week of wearing VoxxLife socks (referred to in the study as Dermatome Neuropoint Socks) led to a significant reduction in reported pain in 95% of study subjects, with 76.9% reporting pain scores of 2 or lower, pain that “Can be Ignored” using the Universal Pain Scale. Before the study, all patients reported pain scores of 4 or higher, which correlates with “Pain that Interferes with Tasks.”
Given the quality of life improvements observed in this initial study and the safety and affordability of VoxxLife technology, VoxxLife socks offer healthcare practitioners a novel, safe, and drug-free option for managing pain in diabetic neuropathy.
"Now my husband can cycle long distances without having to get off his bike every 20 minutes or so."
Elain Trites on diabetic neuropathy
"I’ve tried many things and I’m happy to say that...he’s been out of discomfort since the first day."
Carolyn Clark on diabetic neuropathy
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Bodman MA and Varacallo M. Peripheral diabetic neuropathy. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; Updated April 26, 2020. Accessed September, 8, 2020. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK442009/#article-20446.s8.