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.
Compression socks are often plain colors like white, beige and black. Shop for cute and stylish compression socks.
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 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 protect the skin of your feet, but do not help with circulation problems.
You don't have to compromise your style because you need diabetic socks. Shop men's and women's patterned non-binding socks.
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.
Did your doctor tell you that you should wear compression or diabetic socks? What is this all about?
Compression socks are often prescribed for varicose veins and leg swelling. They are also great for preventing that tired and achy feeling you experience when you're on your feet all day. Compression hosiery is also recommended after surgery if you must stay in bed for a long time.
Just like compression socks, diabetic socks are specially designed to provide comfort and protection for the special needs of those with diabetes. Diabetes often leads to circulation problems, especially in the legs. Socks that don’t dig in to the legs and impair circulation are so helpful for preventing foot ulcers and for comfort.
Since your doctor prescribed these socks and said they are important for your health, they must be covered by Medicare right?
Nope. Medicare and most medical insurance plans do not cover compression or diabetic socks. Even with a prescription from your doctor they are a non-covered service.
There is one exception. If graduated compression stockings are specifically prescribed for treatment of open venous stasis ulcers, they might be covered as they may be seen as wound dressings. But there are certain conditions to meet. Medicare will only cover the cost of gradient compression stockings that are worn below the knee and deliver compression greater than 30 mmHg and less than 50 mmHg. The coverage doesn't apply to compression socks prescribed for treatment of circulation issues, varicose veins, or to prevent ulcers.
Always contact the insurance company to confirm whether or not you have coverage before making your purchase.
Given this, why not buy compression and diabetic socks you like instead of the ones presented to you at the medical supply store or corner drug store? At Ease Living we sell socks that would be at home on the runway and that would make your doctor smile. Click here to see the collections of compression and diabetic socks you will want to wear.