Diabetic Socks: What’s Helpful and What’s Hype?

Socks are an important accessory for people with diabetes. Because of the risk of various foot complications, protecting your feet is key to preventing short- and long-term complications. The first line of defense for your feet starts with your socks.

The consequences of high blood sugar happen throughout the body, but it seems that the feet tend to get the shortest end of the hypoglycemic stick. Diabetes often causes peripheral nerve damage, or neuropathy (more information here), which means that the hands and feet are less able to sense when they’ve been injured. High blood sugar also causes damage to the arteries, which means blood has a harder time reaching the feet.

These complications, and others, make it vital that people with diabetes give their feet some TLC! There are a lot of simple things you can do to take good care of your feet—starting with diabetes-friendly socks!

Photo: AdobeStock/jbrown
Photo: AdobeStock/jbrown

What’s Important in a sock: The Basics

You’ve made a good choice if you’ve committed to wearing good socks, but do you really need to spring for the $179 smart socks? Do you need precious metals infused into your socks? Let’s start with the basics—we’ll talk about fancy socks later. Here’s are the key things you should look for in diabetes-friendly socks:


Because a small injury is more likely to become infected and ulcerate, it’s important that scrapes, cuts, and blisters be prevented. This means that your socks should cushion your foot and provide real protection. You can buy socks specially designed for people with diabetes that feature extra padding, or just go for a protective regular sock. Since nerve damage can make it hard to detect irritants, a little extra sock padding can be an excellent first defense.

Photo: pixabay/LUM3N
Photo: pixabay/LUM3N

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