Diabetic vs. Compression Socks: Which Sock is Right for You?
Posted by EcoSox on Feb 26th 2023
Our feet can indicate our overall health, so protecting them with the right socks and footwear is essential.
If you have a medical condition that impacts your feet, wearing socks specifically designed for that condition can help improve symptoms. You’ve likely heard of diabetic and compression socks, but you may wonder, what’s the difference?
At a glance, diabetic socks don’t look much different from compression socks. Both styles have similar features. However, diabetic socks and compression socks have important distinctions that you should know and understand.
Before trying diabetic or compression socks, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor about what socks are best for your condition.
What are Diabetic Socks?
EcoSox has the best diabetic socks for men and women. Nearly 1 in 10 Americans live with diabetes. Managing diabetes is no easy task, especially when caring for your feet. Diabetic socks are designed to protect your feet from blisters and sores caused by friction.
Taking care of your feet becomes even more critical for those with diabetes, as the illness can lead to several foot-related issues. Diabetes can cause neuropathy (nerve pain), leading to numbness in your feet, making it difficult to detect injuries. In addition, diabetes can also slow the healing process.
Traditional cotton socks often have rough seams that can irritate your feet. The best diabetic socks will have very few seams and soft stitching. Diabetic socks are also designed to be fitted to your leg without being restrictive. Restrictive socks can inhibit blood flow, putting an unnecessary strain on your feet. EcoSox has a variety of bamboo diabetic socks that are comfortable and protective, making them the perfect foot health solution.
Key Features of Diabetic Socks:
Seamless toes to prevent irritation and blisters
Loose tops that will stay up but won’t restrict blood flow
Cushioning that will protect your feet from rubbing against your shoes
Moisture-wicking properties to promote foot health and prevent infections
EcoSox Diabetic Bamboo Crew Socks have a non-binding top and a relaxed fit that has the right amount of tension to keep them on your foot without bunching. These socks are mostly made with bamboo viscose, a naturally moisture-wicking material. Keeping your feet dry is essential to your foot health. Wet feet are a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause friction, which may lead to sores and blisters.
If you prefer a lower-cut sock, EcoSox Bamboo Quarter Diabetic Socks may be a better fit for you. If a higher-cut sock is more your speed, then the EcoSox Diabetic Bamboo OTC Socks are for you.
Having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying outdoor activities. It just means you need to pay extra attention to your feet by adding an extra layer of protection. Don’t forget to check your feet at the end of the day to ensure no injuries go left untreated. If you enjoy hiking or outdoor activity, check out the best diabetic hiking socks.
EcoSox Diabetic Non-Binding Bamboo Hiking Socks are medium-weight hiking socks that provide comfort and protection while on the trail. These socks have a knitted reinforced heel and smooth integrated toe seam stitching for comfort and durability. Arch support and a cushioned footbed create additional support to fight foot fatigue. For a lighter sock with a lower cut, check out these Diabetic Non-Binding Light Hiking Quarter Socks.
What are Compression Socks?
Now that we’ve covered diabetic socks let’s talk compression socks. Compression socks typically have a tighter fit and can be more restrictive than diabetic socks.
The primary purpose of compression socks is to relieve pain in your feet by promoting blood flow back to your heart through graduated compression. For diabetics, this can be too restrictive and prevent the blood from flowing freely. Compression socks often don’t have the same layers of cushioning and protection that diabetic socks do.
Compression socks are used for people with edema or swelling in the lower legs or feet. Because of this, athletes, pregnant women, or people on their feet for extended periods may find compression socks beneficial.
Benefits of Compression Socks:
Improves blood flow and oxygen delivery during a workout
Aids in post-workout recovery
Reduces swelling in legs, feet, and ankles
Fights foot fatigue and foot pain
EcoSox Bamboo Compression Socks have a mild graduated compression (8-15mmHg). They are the best compression socks for workout recovery or to wear during the workday to improve circulation and reduce fatigue and swelling.
Protect Your Feet with Socks from EcoSox
EcoSox bamboo socks are made with durable, moisture-wicking material that will keep your feet dry and healthy. We understand the importance of foot health, which is directly linked to overall health. Whether you’re looking for diabetic or compression socks, EcoSox is the right fit.