Diabetic Socks: Why you need them and how to choose them

31 Jan

diabetic socks

Diabetes complicates your life quite a bit. It requires a radical change to your diet, daily blood sugar monitoring, significant weight loss, and starting an exercise program. You may also need to change your wardrobe and add diabetic shoes and diabetic socks.

What are diabetic socks?

No, diabetic socks aren’t insulin dependent. They’re socks made specifically for diabetics, created from special materials that promote healthy circulation, reduce irritation and infection, and keep your feet drier than typical socks. As we’ve written in this blog, diabetes can have a big impact on your feet, ankles, and lower legs. It affects blood circulation, reducing your ability to heal normally, and it causes neuropathies, which reduce your ability to feel sensation or pain in your feet.

You’d think that normal socks couldn’t possibly cause damage to your feet, but if you’re diabetic, they surely can. A simple seam running across the front of a cotton sock can rub against a diabetic’s sensitive skin and cause a blister. If you have a neuropathy, you may not notice this blister until you actually see it, and by then it may be infected, requiring significant medical attention.

What to look for in a diabetic sock

Diabetic socks should have non-binding tops which allow for better blood circulation. A normal sock has either a slightly tighter stitching or elastic at the top to keep them from falling down. This light pinching above your ankle can actually reduce blood circulation to the feet in diabetic patients.

Diabetic socks should have a seamless design. This means the socks won’t rub against your toes, which is significant if your diabetes causes your feet to swell. The seam of a traditional sock rubbing against a swollen foot can become unbearable.

Diabetic socks should be made from materials that wick moisture away from your feet. This will keep your feet nice and dry and reduce the chances of getting a bacterial or fungal infection like athlete’s foot or toenail fungus, which can become quite serious for diabetics if not addressed immediately.

You can find diabetic socks in PA Foot and Ankle’s online store


2 Responses to “Diabetic Socks: Why you need them and how to choose them”

  1. Russ despard (@Russdespard) April 1, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    Very nice and informative post this is…Thanks a lot….Well done.

  2. Russ Despard March 21, 2013 at 3:22 am #

    Very good post.. Whenever I travel I wear diabetic socks. It comforts my feet and toes and also helps to improve oxygen level and blood circulation.

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