Diabetic socks are socks aimed at people with diabetes. Quite often, diabetic socks are designed without seams in order to reduce the chance of blistering.
In addition, diabetic socks may also be designed to control moisture in order to reduce risk of fungal infection or with cushioning to prevent foot ulcers. Good skin care and foot care is essential. Foot ulcers affect as many as 10% of people with diabetes.
Ideal socks for people with diabetes
The ideal socks for people with diabetes will have the following features:
- Non-elasticated cuffs
- No prominent seams
- Keep in warmth (particularly for winter use)
- Allow feet to breathe and sweat to dry out (particularly for summer use)
Keeping feet warm
Keeping feet warm can help to improve blood circulation which is beneficial for the skin and the health of nerves in the feet. Socks play an important role in keeping feet warm and some socks may be designed specifically to keep feet warmer and to improve circulation.
If your feet are regularly cold, you may benefit from wearing 2 pairs of socks at a time, or socks over stockings. Note that it’s better not to wear 2 pairs of socks if they cause shoes to fit too tightly.