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“Diabetic socks” is the marketing term that refers to a unique design of socks, the main purpose of which is to alleviate symptoms of various foot problems that are typically associated with diabetes but may also be a result of other causes. These symptoms often include swollen feet and ankles, over-sensitive skin, loss of nerves and feeling in the feet and toes, and poor blood circulation.

This article is about wide-top socks or loose-fitting socks, also known as diabetic-friendly socks. Continue reading... or order them now!

Wide-Top Socks

Extra-wide socks for swollen ankles Wide top socks for swollen ankles Loose top socks for swollen feet


Choose Your Fit

Extra-Wide Socks without Elastic

Ideal for anyone with naturally big legs or for those who suffer from mild to extensive swelling in their feet and ankles.

✓ Extra-wide, non-elasticated top ✓ Flat toe seam ✓ Carefully designed heel-pocket ✓ Soft, breathable fabric


Loose-Top Socks without Elastic

Ideal for anyone who experiences discomfort from even light pressure on the legs, and for those who occasionally suffer from mild swelling in their feet and ankles.

✓ Non-elastic, loose top✓ Flat toe seam ✓ Carefully designed heel-pocket ✓ Soft, breathable cotton (98%)



Cushioned Sole, Soft-Top, Wide-Ankle Socks

Ideal for sore and tired feet. Helpful for anyone with swollen ankles or those who suffer from oedema or diabetic foot symptoms.

✓ Cushioned sole ✓ Gentle-grip, wide cuff ✓ Flat toe seam ✓ Soft, breathable fabric










What Are Diabetic Socks?

Diabetes is a health condition in which the blood sugar levels are elevated more than those of the average person. This may lead to a variety of complications, including poor blood circulation, fluid retention, or nerve damage in the feet. As a direct consequence, other problems may follow: swelling, blisters, sores, skin irritation, infections and more. Regardless of whether you suffer from diabetes or not, if you experience any of the above symptoms, introducing wide-top diabetic socks into your care routine can be helpful for your comfort and overall well-being*.

*It is always advisable to consult with your medical doctor before making any decisions about the proper footwear for you, including socks.

When should you wear diabetic socks

As mentioned earlier, the terms “diabetic socks” and “socks for diabetics” are used for marketing purposes only. They usually apply to pressure-free, wide-top socks (with or without sole cushioning) that can assist with so-called “diabetic foot” symptoms. Swelling or oedema is one such symptom. Usually, it occurs when blood vessels or tissue in the legs retain unnecessary fluid, or due to certain types of inflammation. While there are many alarming reasons why your legs and feet would hold more fluid than they should, oftentimes, it comes as a result of standing for long periods of time (this can be combated simply by raising your legs).

Diabetic wide socks or loose-top socks are intended to accommodate swollen ankles and lower legs in the most comfortable manner. They usually have loose, wide cuffs, designed as such to create enough room for swelling, expanding further as necessary. This should also avoid extra pressure on your skin, ensuring no restriction to the blood circulation to your feet. Depending on the degree of swelling, there are soft diabetic socks with different widths that typically range from wide to extra-wide. If pressure is not an issue, you can opt for wide socks that do have elastic cuffs but with a very gentle grip.

Wide-top socks are also great for those with naturally big ankles and calves. As mentioned above, the bonus of this type of socks is less pressure on the skin which can become uncomfortable after long periods of wear. Loose-fitting socks are ideal to relax your feet in, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle. If you like going to bed in socks, those without elastic will be a good choice as well.

Diabetic socks should help to eliminate the risks of blisters and other skin irritation caused by rubbing. Instead of seeking out “one-size-fits-all” diabetic socks, opt for ones that are specifically made in your size. The sock should properly adjust to your foot shape and size, with heel and toes staying in place. Choosing seamless diabetic socks or those with flat seams can prevent skin irritation in the sensitive area around the toes. If your skin tends to be extra delicate and susceptible to blisters, consider buying wide-top socks with cushioned soles. You can find gel- or plush-padded wide-top socks if you need extra cushioning. A protective layer of padding can help to reduce friction and absorb impacts better.

Wearing wide diabetic socks consistently is recommended even when you are at home or shoeless. It is much easier to injure your feet when you walk barefoot, so having even the slightest protective barrier will help. If you have sensory neuropathy, hurting your feet can be painful and difficult to treat. Wounds found on the feet of diabetics typically do not heal well. Loss of sensation in the feet may even prevent you from noticing foot injuries right away. If you know you have this problem, choosing light-coloured diabetic socks can help you spot any signs of blood so as to treat them immediately.

What should diabetic socks be made of

Taking good care of your feet also means using skin-friendly fabrics. Paying attention to the yarns used to make your socks can impact the condition of your feet in a positive way. Diabetic socks produced with softer fibres that effectively absorb moisture and allow the skin to breathe easily are the ones to ensure the healthiest environment for your feet. These are usually natural fibres that come from plants, like cotton and bamboo**, or animal sources, like merino wool***. Occurring naturally in our surroundings, these fibres are typically harmless and suited for any skin type. They are mostly biodegradable, too, which is also good for the environment. Some diabetic socks have fibres made with metals. These may include copper or silver fibres that are used in clothing for antibacterial properties. They also offer anti-odour protection as well as antifungal properties.

**Bamboo that we often see advertised on the clothing labels is actually a rayon, the end result of a processed cellulose fibre that derives from a bamboo plant. Because of the significant change in the structure, the fibre is usually considered semi-natural.
***You may still want to check whether you are allergic to the above-mentioned fibres, or to any other fibres used in the diabetic sock you intend to purchase. Additionally, if you have a medical condition such as eczema, you may need your doctor’s advice.

If you have cold feet that you want to warm up, using merino wool diabetic socks will do the trick. Thanks to the natural properties of the fibre and its exceptional fineness, merino wool creates a luxury fabric. It is soft, highly breathable, and features excellent moisture management. It is also one of the best natural fabrics to provide warmth and a sense of comfort for your feet.

What makes a good pair of diabetic socks

Shopping for good quality diabetic socks is not an easy task, but it is doable with the right information. There are many different brands, and you may need to try a few before making your decision on which ones suit you the best. These are the features that most diabetic socks will, and should, have:

✓ Wide cuffs that apply minimal to no pressure on your legs
✓ Loose fit that does not constrict blood flow in the feet
✓ Light-coloured to spot any injuries for those who have nerve damage
✓ Proper fit to avoid the fabric from bunching up (don’t purchase one-size socks)
✓ Cushioning to prevent blisters and other irritation for those with delicate skin
✓ Flat toe closure to prevent skin irritation in the sensitive toe area
✓ Natural, moisture-absorbent material to ensure good breathability and comfort
✓ Warm fabric if your feet often get cold

The final word

Socks play an important role in clothing which is mainly to protect our feet. No matter what we may read in a fashion magazine or a blog about wearing socks, the core reason why we should wear them is our health. Aesthetics should always come second on the list of priorities. You must recognise any foot problems you may have and address them properly with the right pair of socks. And if you manage to combine both foot care and style, give yourself a sugar-free cookie. You deserve it!

Keep in mind that diabetic socks may not be intended to treat or cure your foot problems. However, they can provide support, comfort, and a protective barrier to ensure good foot health for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Regular check-ups and consistent foot care are the best way to prevent foot problems from developing or worsening.