Diabetic sock

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A diabetic sock is a non-binding and non-elasticized sock which is designed so as to not constrict the foot or leg.[citation needed] Typically sufferers of diabetes are the most common users of this type of sock.[1] 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,[1][2] a feature which can reduce the risk of infection. Another beneficial feature of diabetic socks is seamless toe-closures to reduce pressure and blistering.[1]


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.[3] The advice of a podiatrist may be helpful in choosing a diabetic sock.[4]


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