Diabetic Socks and Fit

Characteristics of Diabetic Socks

People with diabetes often develop neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can lead to developing neuropathic ulcers on the feet. These dangerous, large ulcers can develop from just a small blister and are very painful and take extensive time to heal. Because of this, diabetic socks must satisfy a variety of requirements.

Diabetic socks are…

  • Thick, but breathable
  • Loose fitting, but not baggy
  • Non-constricting

Diabetic socks have…

  • Have extra padding on the soles
  • No blister-causing seams


Also important is to ensure your shoes fit well. It is advised your shoe have ample room in the toe box, as well as a smooth liner and good arch support. Together, a good pair of shoes and diabetic socks will prevent blisters, calluses, and corns, as well as breakdown of the skin.

To learn about the different styles and kinds of diabetic socks, check out Diabetic Sock Types and Styles.