Are Compression Socks Good Diabetic Socks? [Infographic]

Compression socks are good for many reasons - shin splints, sciatica, and on-your-feet careers to name a few -- but they are not for everyone. For example, diabetics may struggle with swollen feet or ankles, neuropathy, and blisters or sores that struggle to heal properly due to poor circulation. To ease the discomfort associated with these ailments, soft socks with a non-restrictive binding are the best diabetic socks. Let’s explore the features of compression socks and the features of diabetic socks to determine what exactly makes them different and why.

Best Diabetic Socks

Features & Benefits of Compression Socks

  • Compression socks typically use stronger elastics than diabetic socks, which are often entirely non-elastic.
  • Doctors often prescribe knee high compression socks to help prevent blood clots and reduce swelling.
  • Compression socks help relieve discomfort from prolonged sitting in a tight space during a long drive, flight, or movie.
  • Compression socks are more snug-fitting than diabetic socks.
  • Athletes often use compression socks for running and other activities to improve muscle performance and reduce the risk of muscle fatigue or shin splints.
  • Compression socks feature graduated compression, meaning the compression is tightest at the ankle and eases as it moves up the leg. This allows the socks to provide support and improve circulation simultaneously.
  • Anyone experiencing circulation issues or swelling in the legs and feet can benefit from wearing compression socks.

Features & Benefits of Diabetic Socks

  • Diabetic socks typically fit looser than compression socks.
  • Diabetic socks are designed to protect against moisture, pressure, and injuries such as blisters and sores.
  • Diabetic socks often feature padding at the toes and heel to help prevent tears and friction burns.
  • Diabetic socks conform to the shape of your foot, helping protect against heat and cold, which often go unnoticed due to reduced sensitivity in the nerves of the feet.
  • Diabetic socks are often seamless, non-elastic, and moisture-wicking to help prevent bacterial and fungal growth.
  • Materials such as nylon, wool, and spandex provide more comfort and help minimize abrasion.
  • Most diabetic socks are sold in white or other light colors to help you spot a cut or injury on your foot. Quickly addressing foot injuries can help prevent infection and other complications.

Comfort Top Socks for Diabetics

So as you can see, while compression socks can be too restrictive for diabetics, specific diabetic socks (like Dr. Motion’s comfort top socks) can give your feet the gentle support and mild compression they need to encourage blood flow. Our comfort-top socks have non-binding Lycra and a graduated cuff, which allow for maximum stretch to provide unrestricted circulation and comfort.


Our diabetic socks are latex-free, with a soft cotton/rayon blend to keep you flexible and comfortable. The sole and toe of our comfort top socks have copper ion-infused yarn and TruDry wicking properties for anti-inflammatory and anti-moisture benefits, while the smooth toe seam reduces friction. They also come in a wide variety of colors and patterns so you can show off your style wherever you go.

Meet your new favorite diabetic socks!

The Doctor Is In

Dr. Motion offers high-quality comfort top diabetic socks for men and women. Check out our selection on Instagram or go directly to our website for diabetic sock shopping today!