Diabetic socks are one of our top products and we are very proud of them, but before buying, you often ask us “What are diabetes socks?”. Even though diabetic socks are used by many people, and suggested to patients by their doctors, many of you are still not 100% sure how diabetic socks work and how they differ from regular socks.
So, we decided to sit down and answer the most asked question about this product! We hope we bring some clarity and make you an expert on diabetic socks after reading this!
What are diabetic socks?
Diabetic socks are socks specially designed to absorb excess moisture and to keep feet dry. They are also tight, in order to stimulate healthy blood flow, but not too tight, and seamless, so they would prevent toe-pressure and uncomfortable squeezing.
Regular socks are often too tight around the ankle and the seam can cause pain and restrict blood circulation. Regular socks also wrinkle, and wrinkles can cause irritation and blisters, so diabetic socks are made not to wrinkle.
What are diabetic socks made of?
Diabetic socks are mostly made of non-elastic natural material or a combination of antimicrobial materials, like acrylic, merino wool, nylon, spandex, etc. Cotton is a good material because it naturally absorbs moisture, but there are other non-cotton materials made especially for them to absorb sweat and other moisture.
Can anyone wear diabetic socks?
Diabetic socks can be worn by anyone!
You often ask if non-diabetics can wear diabetic socks. Yes, anyone can benefit from them. They are healthy for both diabetics and non-diabetics. Diabetic socks are a healthy choice for anyone that suffers from cold or tired feet or anyone at all. The seam on regular socks often makes our feet more tired, so seamless socks such as diabetic ones are good for everybody.
Benefits of wearing diabetic socks
The benefits of diabetic socks can be found in many aspects. For diabetics, they soothe swelling, protect from blisters and prevent foot injuries. Cotton seamless socks prevent irritation and infection.
For non-diabetics, they provide more comfort. They keep feet warm and prevent future circulation problems, also help with excessive sweating and bad odor. Overall, they raise the quality of life for anyone.
Here are listed some of the benefits of wearing diabetic socks:
- With extra padding, they relieve the pressure from foot arch, heels, and ankles
- They fight nerve pain
- They prevent fungal and bacterial infections by keeping feet dry
- They are firmly fitted and padded, thus prevent foot injuries
- They improve blood flow with light compression
- They decrease swelling and keep feet warm
Are diabetic socks good for circulation?
Diabetic socks improve blood circulation helping those with slower blood flow to develop a healthier flow. Those suffering from diabetes fight slower blood circulation and swelling, and diabetic socks help with both. Besides many other benefits of diabetic socks, non-binding socks make restriction-free fit, so the blood can uninterruptedly circulate.
What is the difference between compression socks and diabetic socks?
The difference between compression socks and diabetic socks is in the seamlessness, the padding, the level of compression and sometimes the material.
Compression socks are specially designed to relieve joint pain and to help blood rush to the heart. Compression material sits tight around the leg and squeezes it evenly. The compression can go from light to strong (depending on the need).
Diabetic socks have padding that lifts the pressure of toes, and they mostly have little or no seams, so the blood can freely circulate. Diabetic socks can be made from compression material, but rather from light compression, as stronger ones can be too tight for those with diabetes.
So, are diabetes socks the same as compression socks? No. But, can they both help similar problems? Yes.
Should diabetics wear compression socks?
Light or mild compression socks can help people that suffer from diabetes by relieving foot pain, by preventing swelling, and by helping veins pump blood in a natural rhythm.
The best choice of compression socks for diabetics are graduated compression socks, which apply more pressure to the foot, and less to the calf. Compression with padding can reduce the chances of wrinkles, and shoe cuts, thus preventing the development of ulcers.
So, are compression socks good for diabetics? Yes, they can be good and healthy for some diabetes patients, if the compression is light to mild.
Benefits of compression socks for diabetics
People fighting diabetes often develop deep vein thrombosis and venous insufficiency, both of which can be reduced by wearing compression socks.
Compression socks can help diabetics with:
- Reducing swelling, pain, and fatigue in feet and legs
- Relaxing muscles
- Improving circulation
- Blood-flowing to the limbs
- Relieving pressure from ankles and feet
- Keeping feet warm
Skineez seamless hydrating diabetic socks
Skineez Skincarewear is dedicated to developing high-quality compression garments with medical properties. Even though our mild compression socks can help with fighting problems caused by diabetes, we made a special seamless diabetic sock, for even more benefit and comfort.
Our seamless diabetic sock is also hydrating, meaning that even if it absorbs moisture like sweat and keeps your feet dry, it also provides enough hydration to protect the skin, keep it smooth, and prevent cracking and irritation.
In all our garments, we use 5 ingredients skincare formula that we have carefully developed to deliver the right amount of skincare products and keep your skin safe and soft. Those ingredients are shea butter, rosehip oil, vitamin A and E, apricot kernel oil and retinol. With our seamless hydrating diabetic socks, you will protect your skin while protecting your feet and circulatory system.
On your request, we have also included graduated light hydrating compression sock in our garment collection. These socks will help reduce the pressure of the calf and apply light pressure to the foot improving blood flow.Our products are 100% latex-free, made in the United States, and designed by professionals, such as orthopedic surgeons and skincare practitioners.