Diabetic Socks: Why People Living With Diabetes Wear Them

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Diabetes is a severe health condition and, if not well managed, can result in a cascade of complications, such as kidney damage and heart disease. In addition, since individuals with diabetes can experience serious foot complications due to poor blood circulation and nerve damage, foot care is critical to diabetes management as it can prevent many unwanted outcomes, including amputation. 

What are diabetic socks and how do they work? 

Diabetic socks are a form of protective footwear designed with specific features to address diabetes-related foot issues, making them a key component of foot care.


  • Seamless: Diabetic socks are designed with fewer seams to reduce friction and rubbing, which is essential because friction can increase pressure on the feet, as well as the risk for wounds, blisters, and ulcers. By having reduced friction, diabetic socks can enhance blood circulation, decrease foot injury risk, and prevent irritation to the feet
  • Moisture-wicking: Diabetic socks are made of moisture-wicking material, usually wool, cotton, or a proprietary blend, to allow sweat to evaporate and keep the feet dry. Since people with diabetes are at higher risk for developing wound infections on the feet, socks that keep the feet dry are essential because moisture can promote bacterial growth and fungal infections
  • Non-elastic binding: Diabetic socks are designed to stay up without squeezing the calves to prevent restricting blood flow. They should provide support and fit well – not too loose as this can cause friction, but not too tight as this can impair blood flow
  • Padding: Diabetic socks offer extra padding strategically placed to protect the feet from footwear friction, which can help to reduce pain, blisters, moisture, and pressure
  • Additional features: Diabetic socks should provide antimicrobial, thermoregulating, and blister-preventing features

    Can diabetic socks be used as compression socks? 

    While diabetic and compression socks can help with blood circulation, compression socks are tighter-fitting and specially designed to apply pressure to the legs and feet, encouraging blood flow while alleviating swelling and discomfort. Compression socks are often recommended for conditions that cause poor blood flow in the legs, such as varicose veins and lymphedema, which cause swelling and fluid retention. 


    Diabetic socks, on the other hand, are looser-fitting socks that prevent skin irritation, protect the feet, and enhance blood circulation without restricting blood flow. For diabetic individuals, compression socks are not always recommended as they may restrict blood flow and impair the healing process. Circufiber diabetic socks are made with clinically proven, proprietary infrared technology that provides many of the same benefits as compression socks while helping to improve diabetes-related foot problems.

    Diabetic Socks

    How is Circufiber different?

    Circufiber diabetic socks are engineered with proprietary yarn technology backed by science and patented design features that make them the most scientifically-advanced diabetic socks in the world. Circufiber diabetic socks are clinically proven to increase foot and lower leg circulation. In addition, they have been shown to reduce swelling, pain, and the pins and needles sensation in people living with diabetes. In a nationwide survey conducted among diabetic individuals, 85% of participants wearing Circufiber socks reported improvements in their diabetes-related foot conditions after only two weeks, and 97% reported improvements after six weeks. Circufiber diabetic socks are available in different lengths, colors, and sizes, depending on your preference. 

    Who can benefit from wearing Circufiber?

    Most individuals who have diabetes are at risk for nerve damage and poor blood circulation, two factors that can impair foot health. Therefore, anyone with diabetes can benefit from wearing diabetic socks regularly, but in particular, those who have experienced:

    • Changes in foot color
    • Changes in foot temperature
    • Pins and needles sensation
    • Foot irritation, blisters, or fungal infection
    • Frequent sweating or moist feet
    • Any symptoms associated with peripheral arterial disease or nerve damage

      Look at your feet, every day.

      If you have diabetes, you shouldn’t have to live with foot pain. The first step towards foot health is to change your socks. Wearing diabetic socks can significantly reduce your risk of developing foot ulcers and infections while improving circulation to maintain your feet healthy. Wearing them regularly and for more extended periods of time can provide relief and improve diabetes-related foot conditions. Taking the proper steps toward foot care starts at home: make sure you get in the habit of checking your feet for sores, hot spots, irritation, and injury daily.