You have reached the point in your life where you have learned that socks aren’t just socks. They can actually serve a purpose and help or hurt your health. I get a lot of questions about diabetic socks vs compression socks. Are they the same? Should diabetics wear compression socks?
Diabetic patients have a high risk of developing serious foot problems. Circulatory issues are common leaving diabetics more prone to foot ulcers and injuries that can quickly turn into serious complications.
So, good foot care is very important when you suffer from diabetes.
If you are diabetic, your physician may recommend special socks for the health of your feet. So, should you wear compression socks or diabetic socks? How are they different?
Let's compare them and find out.
What are compression socks?
Compression socks are tight-fitting socks that apply gradient pressure to the feet and legs to improve circulation.These socks prevent pooling of blood in the feet and lower legs assisting the blood back up the veins to the heart.
They are often recommended for management and treatment of varicose veins, muscle fatigue, edema and other circulatory problems
What are diabetic socks?
Diabetic socks, unlike compression socks, offer little to no compression benefit. They are non-binding soft socks designed to prevent foot injuries that affect diabetic patients. These loose-fitting socks have sometimes have seamless toes and are made of materials that do not irritate skin.
Diabetic socks are designed with moisture wicking properties that keep the feet dry to avoid infections. They basically protect the skin of your feet, but do not help with circulation problems.
So, you can see that diabetic socks are very different from compression socks and that they offer opposite benefits.
Can diabetes patients benefit from use of compression socks?
Compression socks are effective in managing conditions like edema and venous insufficiency that affects diabetic patients. But tight compression socks can restrict blood flow in the feet which is a problem area for diabetics. So compression socks are not typically recommended for those with diabetes.
However, if you are diabetic and your physician feels the benefits of compression outweigh the risks - for you -, compression socks will work with careful monitoring of your feet for increased swelling and for any sores.