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Is Diabetic Socks a Scam?

Updated on April 8, 2010

The Purpose of Diabetic Socks

One of the most boreingest subjects in the world is socks, let alone diabetic socks. But, if you have diabetes these can be an important accessory to have. Keeping your feet protected becomes a priority and these socks can help.

The question is, what are you protecting your feet from?

Well, there are a few things a person with diabetes has to contend with. The increase in blood sugar raises the risk of foot ulcers. Infection, blistering, wounds are of more concern to a diabetic along with poor circulation. So the purpose of diabetic socks is to protect your foot, as much as possible, from getting any of these conditions.

Since a person with diabetes doesn't heal the same as a normal person, your feet are susceptible to more damage from usage. In some cases your doctor may suggest you even get shoes made for a diabetic. 

The whole purpose of diabetic socks is to provide comfort, protection and allow for proper circulation. For a diabetic this kind of sock is Not a scam, it's an accessory worth looking at.

Choosing a Diabetic Sock

We won't belabor the discussion about these socks, will highlight a few points about choosing a diabetic sock.

Colors are a matter of choice, but the basic construction, in general, is consistent across manufactures. Here are some things to look for:

  • Materials - look at cotton blend with stretch tops, non-cotton with antimicrobial properties, compression type or just a plain non-binding sock to allow circulation to flow freely. If excessive edema is present there are extra wide socks available.
  • Cuts - low cut or mid calf are common cuts. If open sores are an issue, then white socks are recommended.
  • Seams - seams cause abrasions, so all these socks come seamless. Sometimes there will be extra padding on the heel and ball parts of the sock, this is for protection and comfort.
  • Fit - most importantly you want a non-binding sock. Cuffs and seams are gone, the sock needs to move as you foot swells to maintain proper circulation.

There's the basics to these socks and something you can add to your list of diabetic supplies.

The only true test is to try them out. As mentioned, it's not a scam if you understand the benefits you'll have and the cost isn't outrageous. This is just one more thing a person with diabetes has to add to their list of concerns.


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