Diabetic sock

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A diabetic sock is a non-binding and non-elasticized sock which is designed alleviate pressure of the foot or leg.[1] Typically sufferers of diabetes are the most common users of this type of sock.[2] Diabetes raises the blood sugar level, which can increase the risk of foot ulcers. Diabetic socks are made to be unrestrictive of circulation.[citation needed]

Some diabetic socks also control moisture,[2][3] a feature which can reduce the risk of infection. Another beneficial feature of diabetic socks is seamless toe-closures to reduce pressure and blistering.[2]


Various sock constructions are available, including cotton blend with stretch tops, non-cotton with antimicrobial properties, compression type, and plain non-binding to allow circulation to flow more freely. Extra wide socks are available for excessive edema.

Diabetic socks may appear like regular socks, and are available in both low-cut and mid-calf styles. Although various colors are available, white may be preferable for people with open wounds or sores, as this could alert wearers with compromised sensation to a draining wound. The diabetic socks should fit well, without constricting cuffs, lumps, or uncomfortable seams. The socks are generally made of material that does not wrinkle.[4] The advice of a podiatrist may be helpful in choosing a diabetic sock.[5]

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  1. ^ Veves, Aristidis; Giurini, John M.; LoGerfo, Frank W. (2012). The Diabetic Foot: Medical and Surgical Management. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 266. ISBN 9781617797910. 
  2. ^ a b c Diabetic Socks - What is a Diabetic Sock & What Socks are Available
  3. ^ Sockwear Recommendations for People With Diabetes
  4. ^ "The Definitive Guide to Diabetic Socks". www.wholesalediabeticsocks.com. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Sockwear Recommendations for People With Diabetes - Feldman and Davis 14 (2): 59 - Diabetes Spectrum