What are diabetic stockings and how to choose?

Most people with diabetes suffer from diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease. Neuropathy causes the loss of feeling in the legs and feet by damaging the nerves. Poorly functioning nerves lead to reduced sensitivity to temperature and pain, and this ignorance can lead to serious infections and complications.

Peripheral vascular disease causes blood vessels to become narrowed, decreasing blood flow to the legs and feet. Decreased blood flow slows down the healing of cuts or wounds, which increases the possibility of developing ulcers.

Thus, it is essential to consider the use of socks and specialized footwear that can reduce or eliminate pressure or and alleviate these complications.


The diabetic stockings are stockings with special properties for patients suffering from diabetes complications.

These socks are designed not to restrict circulation, and fit snugly to the foot, helping to relieve pressure on the foot or leg. However, certain types of diabetic socks may include venous compression to improve blood circulation. Very often, these socks are designed without seams, in order to reduce the possibility of blisters forming.

In addition, diabetic socks can also be designed to control moisture to reduce the risk of fungal infection, or with cushioning to prevent foot ulcers, which affect up to 10% of people with diabetes.


As with diabetic food products, there are no strict guidelines on the use of the term “diabetic sock”.

So you should always look for a store that specializes in selling hospital products and evaluate the characteristics of the stocking.

Below, we will explore the features you should take into consideration when choosing these socks.

Few or no seams

Even the smallest protrusion can have a serious impact on the diabetic foot. Socks with seams can generate friction against the skin and cause blisters or ulcers, which can be harmful to diabetic feet. The best diabetic socks are seamless and are sewn with a special technique that keeps the connecting seams on the outside rather than the inside of the sock.


Extra padding and cushioning of the most sensitive areas help prevent injuries and increase comfort.

Usually the extra padding is found along the bottom of the sock, around the toes, and in the heel of the foot. These areas of the foot are usually susceptible to the strongest shock forces during movement and therefore need to be further protected.


It is important that these socks are not too wide, as this can promote friction, which can be harmful to the feet.

On the other hand, tight socks can inhibit circulation, which can be especially problematic if you have circulatory problems. Ideally, you should feel that the socks are loose almost to the point that you can barely feel them!


It is important to look for socks that can warm the feet. Keeping your feet warm can help improve blood circulation, which is beneficial for the skin and the health of the nerves in your feet. Socks play an important role in keeping feet warm, and some socks can be designed specifically to keep feet warmer and to improve circulation.

If your feet are regularly cold, you may benefit from wearing two pairs of socks at a time. Note that it is better not to wear two pairs of socks if they make the shoes too tight.


Many socks today are made with special yarns that feature advanced technology to help maintain healthy feet. Synthetic yarns such as polyester and nylon are able to expel moisture out of the sock and dry quickly. A dry foot environment helps prevent skin infections and keeps feet comfortable for longer periods.


The highest quality diabetic socks are treated with antimicrobial technology to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi in the moisture-prone regions of the foot, keeping it healthy.

This elimination of bacteria and fungi also eliminates bad foot odor.

Soft fabric

To increase their comfort and reduce friction on the skin, diabetic socks are often made from finer textured fabrics that provide a very soft feel against the skin.

White sole

Finally, the color of the sock’s sole is also relevant. Opting for socks with white soles is important for people with less sensation in their feet, as it can make it easier to identify wounds and injuries.

Because it is white, the sole of the sock will easily become visible whenever there are spots of infections, open cuts, and wounds that require immediate attention.


The compression stockings are designed to apply gentle pressure to the legs and feet to promote blood flow and relieve swelling and discomfort. These socks can be useful for people with conditions such as varicose veins, lymphedema, and plantar fasciitis. They can also be beneficial to help with sports recovery, travel, and pregnancy.

Although people living with diabetes may have circulation problems, many compression stockings contain warnings that they are not suitable for people with diabetes. Because these stockings can restrict blood flow, they can significantly hinder the healing process. So if you have diabetes, always consult a doctor before using compression stockings.


Although the use of diabetic stockings socks does not guarantee that you will not have complications with diabetic foot, it can help reduce the risks.

However, you should also choose shoes that fit your foot well, keep your blood glucose levels under control, and make sure you check your feet for any kind of sores or marks. With all this care, you will more easily be able to avoid complications with your foot health.

Socks for people with diabetes can be a strong ally in the treatment of conditions associated with diabetes, as they are designed to protect the feet from problems such as blisters, ulcers, and infections.

In the online store of Loja Ortopédica, we have a wide selection selection of diabetic socks made from high quality materials to ensure that they are comfortable, breathable and seamless.

Be sure to consult your doctor for advice on diabetic socks. If you need assistance in choosing these stockings or have any questions, talk to us !

Our specialized technical team is ready to answer your questions. You can contact us at (+351) 244 233 085 (national landline call) or send us an e-mail to apoiocliente@lojaortopedica.pt.

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