What’s the Difference Between Compression Socks and Diabetic Socks?

Perhaps because they each often have compression features, diabetic socks and compression socks (also sometimes called support socks) often become confused and the terms are used interchangeably. So, are there are any differences between the two?

Gold Toe Support Over-the-Calf SockBoth types of socks have the advantage of having compression features, although that’s not always the case with socks for diabetics. In fact, often one of the features that’s often touted in socks for diabetics is that they’re non-binding socks. That’s important, because a diabetic’s feet and legs cannot be restricted too much, and circulation needs to be allowed to flow freely. Tightness can also sometimes lead to blisters, which can be critical for diabetics who suffer from nerve damage and can easily see blisters lead to ulcers. Many socks for diabetics also have pads on the soles to provide more of a cushion, avoiding more sores; as well as seamless features, so there’s no rough material to scratch the skin.

Support socks on the other hand, usually focus on one feature – the compression bands. Many do come with some other small features but the compression is the main purpose of the sock. Unlike socks for diabetics, support socks also often have compression bands that begin at the ankle and move all the way up, whereas socks for diabetics often only have one or two bands.

Sometimes these two types of socks do still overlap, and the features of one can blend into the other. When you come to Amazing Socks you can check out all of the different socks we carry, whether you’re looking to alleviate some of the pain of diabetes, or just some of the pain in your legs!