Diabetic socks & sneakers?

Do you wear the diabetic socks and sneakers or do you just use regular name brand non-Diabetic stuff? Can you get away with that if it is a couple sizes larger? Just wondering what is your preference. It must be hard to have to wear dress shoes often.

No. I just wear what I always wear. I don’t have problems with my feet, luckily.

I think what is important is just to have good supportive comfortable shoes, that don’t bind or rub. I think the “special” socks and shoes is just a bunch of people cashing in on diabetes imho.

I wear regular shoes. Crocs are my favorite. I do have a few pair of diabetic socks which I absolutely love. They are very soft, they do not bind, and they do not have seams that can rub on your toes. I have severe neuropathy and arthritis in my feet and they do help my feet feel better. If I had the money they would be the only socks I would wear (they are rather expensive).

I use regular socks and shoes. My feet are in good condition and I have good sensitivity still. I hear really good things about the socks but I resent that they are so much more expensive. There’s always someone trying to get some bank off of us in one way or the other. As I get older, all of this may change if I find I need to be extra cautious with my feet. I do really like cushy, soft socks.

I think the diabetic socks are for those people with poor circulation - it’s to aid in the problems that come with this, such as blood clots and water retention. This is not an issue for the majority of diabetics, I think. I don’t know anyone who wears them, personally.

I’ve been type 1 diabetic 18 years and always have just worn socks and shoes that a non-diabetic person would wear. I don’t have to buy shoes that are ‘larger’, and I can wear heels/dress shoes with no problems.

I have been wearing the diabetic socks for many years and I don’t have any problems with my feet. But the doc told me that regular socks could cause circulation problems that can be prevented by wearing diabetic socks (and shoes) now. Yes they are expensive but they are SO much more comfortable than regular socks. I can’t really imagine how a diabetic sneaker (I forget the name of the brand) would be better than a pair of reeboks or nikes as long as they weren’t too tight. The sock difference makes some sense though.

Lol! You can’t believe even the page numbers on those kinds of magazines, as a teacher of mine once said.

I had opposite experience. I was gonna add that regular socks after 8-16 months through the washer get kinda dull and aren’t soft anymore. My diabetic socks last about 2 years going through the washer if not longer. So in a way even though they are more expensive they seem to last longer. I got mine from walmart ( I couldn’t find them anywhere else and actually one walmart didn’t have them and they said the other walmart did…LoL ) and they cost about 50% more than regular socks.

With that said I am just not sure from a medical point of view if I really need them or not.

`i am 25 but i have gone through probs with my feet in the past. i used heel balm at those times. but otherwise i have specific socks that i like, and i keep work boots, two pairs of sneakers and nice flip-flops, and that seems to work out well.

But not the Enquirer right? Let me know if you like them. The ones I use are called Medipeds.

I wear Thorlo and Jobst socks–both are relatively expensive, but last a very long time. Jobst, which are diabetes socks, are available at my diabetes pharmacy in different colors. As for shoes, I like Saucony running and walking shoes, which have a larger toebed and slightly smaller heel, which works for me. Saucony comes in different shoes for different types of feet–under- or over-pronators, and neutral. A good place to get Thorlos and Sauconys (and other brands of good socks and athletic shoes) are from roadrunnersports.com. When I was dx’d, I had somewhat problem feet; good foot creams, and good shoes and socks have made all the difference.

If you have problems with your feet, I would definitely take a look at diabetic shoes and socks. Diabetic shoes are made to be seamless so their is no rubbing of the foot against exposed seams/edges. Diabetic socks are also made to be seamless for the same reason. I would ask your local podiatrist on his advise, depending on your foot condition.

If you have swelling, sometimes it may be difficult to find a sock that fits you. Take a look at the Extra Wide Sock that offers medical socks for men and women.

I have severe neuropathy and was told to wear prescription shoes and diabetic socks to protect my feet. I did this for 3 years and had nothing but trouble, the shoes were huge and I kept tripping over them, also I got big calluses on my feet that I'd never had before. I saw the podiatrist once a month, he'd "trim" the calluses and I'd have to wear bandages or an orthopedic boot for a week afterward. Twice the "trim" job resulted in an infection that I had to take antibiotics for. Then one day I missed a monthly appointment and never made another. I started wearing sandals so the air could get to my feet and walking barefoot in the house so my feet had contact with the floor. The sores healed, I stopped getting calluses, I stopped falling down. That was over a year ago. Without the special diabetic stuff, my feet are doing great.

I wear diabetic shoes, and regular socks. The shoes help with the neuropathy.

Hi Jan,

Sorry to hear about your poor experience with diabetic shoes. It sounds like the shoes you purchased may have been too big. The best bet is to get your foot properly fitted by your podiatrist if you haven't already. Shoes are available in multiple widths to accommodate various foot types. What type of shoes did you wear?

As for the socks, did they have any benefit to you? One brand of socks that I wear is EcoSoxas they are made from bamboo fibers and help with moisture and odor and are seamless to prevent blisters.

Hi Judith,

Just curious about your diabetic socks? What brand do you typically buy? As i mentioned in the above post to Jan, i really like EcoSox as they are soft, comfortable, non-binding, and inexpensive!

Hi Rick,

Just curious about the type of diabetic shoes that you wear. Do you know the manufacturer/brand?

Have been T1 for 41 years and haven't been able to feel my feet for the last 15 years or so. For most of that time I have used regular footware gradually moving to wider sizes. For the last 5 years I have been wearing Apex Ambulators. They look fine in a business casual environment. I would recommend their consideration if you are experiencing the typical progression associated with foot neuropathy.

Diabetic sneakers are just too "high maintenance".

Checking the shoes' bg so many times a day, giving insulin shots to the shoes, having them go hypo at inconvenient times (usually while I'm wearing them!), it's just too much effort.