Sock it to diabetes: What do diabetic socks do?

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In general what diabetic socks do is prevent foot injuries and keep the feet warm and dry. More specifically, what they do depends on their characteristics and the user’s needs. For example, diabetics who do not suffer from neuropathy need only wear socks that fit comfortably. People who do have neuropathy, on the other hand, may benefit from seamless socks made of a soft material that does not bunch up and rub against the skin. Patients who experience early, advanced, or worsening neuropathy symptoms (numbness or loss of sensation in feet and toes, sharp pains in the feet that become worse at night, tingling or burning in the feet, muscle weakness, foot deformities and ulcers, dry and cracked skin on the feet) should talk to a doctor about using special socks.

Characteristics of diabetic socks


Seams can cause blisters and ulcers by rubbing against the skin.


Dry feet are less susceptible to skin infections.


Breathable material helps to keep feet dry.


Warm materials promote blood circulation and help keep open blood vessels that diabetes would otherwise narrow.

Square toe box

Too-narrow socks can squeeze the toes and allow moisture to build up in between the toes.


Many socks for diabetics are conformable to the foot and leg to keep loose fabric to rub against the skin.


Padded socks protect the foot from injury.


Diabetic patients with poor blood circulation should avoid compression socks, as well as socks that are too tight or have elastic at the top. Lack of enough blood to the feet can worsen foot injuries and hinder the healing process of wounds. Keep in mind that certain studies have suggested that socks with mild compression may improve edema – swelling of the lower legs and feet that some diabetics experience – without compromising circulation. Once again, ask a doctor about your options.

In summary, though people with diabetes should be as picky as Elaine Benes’s boss Mr. Pitt when choosing socks, they do have a wide variety of alternatives that guarantees they can find the perfect match for their particular needs. Without going any further, Discount Medical Supplies offers such variety. However, wearing diabetic socks to prevent injury is just a part of foot care. An equally important part is to check the feet daily for injuries that may go unnoticed because of diabetic neuropathy.

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