Diabetic Socks Defined

The label “diabetic socks” is a generic term and somewhat of a misnomer.  What consumers are desiring in this class of sock is relief from a tight fitting sock.   Health socks would be a more accurate term and most people who use these type of socks are not diabetic, but just want comfort or have another issue that is bothering their feet.  Other sock categories that have similar benefits includes comfort socks, non-binding socks and travel socks.  The name of the Sugar Free Sox line is “Health and Comfort”.

Manufacturers have interpreted how diabetic socks should be constructed in a variety of ways, adding to the confusion and expectations on how this type of sock should work.  There are three main goals you should look for when picking a diabetic sock.

1) A non-binding top.  This will help avoid pressure and the sock ring imprint.  Manufacturers choose to construct the tops differently.

2) Seamless toe.  Diabetics need to try to avoid blisters and irritation.

3) Anti-fungal agent.  Diabetics socks are designed to be worn for long periods of time.

In summary, diabetic socks should supply maximum comfort and circulation.  Wearing socks add a layer of protection to avoid cuts and blisters.

Myth- Diabetic socks have to be white.

White diabetic socks are preferable for those who are prone to ulcers.  This will help the diabetic identify the would quicker with the stain on the sock.  If you don’t have this problem, any color of diabetic socks is ok to use.

Diabetic Socks are Non-interactive vs Compression Socks Interactive

Socks referred to as diabetic socks usually do not have any compression and little support as they are trying to be as light as pressure as possible on the legs, therefore non-interactive.  Compression socks are interactive by applying pressure to the legs.  Doctors prescribe compression socks to some diabetic patients and non-binding diabetic socks to others.  Consult your physician on which is best for you.

Diabetic socks vary from brand to brand in style and construction.  Some can be found in thicker materials and with cushion.  This is ok if it is your preference, however, most pedorthists prefer a thinner material for a better fit of the foot in the shoe.  Thicker materials often weigh down the sock and don’t stay up that well or use a tighter construction at the top.  Sugar Free Sox utilize a thinner construction, allowing maximum stretch and increased stay up power.