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Diabetic Socks

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ExD Fri 18-Sep-20 10:26:03

My husband has had type 2 diabetes for years and has trouble finding socks with a soft enough top so as not to leave a nasty ring round his legs at the end of the day.
I did buy some rather expensive diabetic socks online, and they do have lovely stretchy soft tops (is the word 'welt') but the rest of the sock is soft and stretchy too, so they don't last 5 minutes before ripping and tearing. They don't last long enough to wear into holes.
The other problem is that he takes size 12 shoes and most socks are grouped into size 9-11 so he's at the limit of their flexibility. By the end of the day the rings round his ankles look quite painful and I'm sure its not good to be inhibiting the blood supply to his feet either.
Any thoughts? Recommendations?

BBbevan Fri 18-Sep-20 10:30:07

Knit some?

ExD Fri 18-Sep-20 16:23:59

I could do I suppose, but from what I remember of knitted socks they soon need darning, and that's a big no-no for diabetic feet.

MissAdventure Fri 18-Sep-20 16:27:42

Have you tried bamboo socks?
I haven't, but have read good things about them.

MissAdventure Fri 18-Sep-20 16:29:28

How about these?

midgey Fri 18-Sep-20 16:36:32

My husband had the same problem, he wore some from Marks and Spencer which had a soft top. They have wool ones and cotton ones and go up to sock size 13 which fits size 12 shoe.

Missfoodlove Fri 18-Sep-20 17:03:43

Falke are an excellent brand and all their socks are “ soft top”
The price is eye watering but I’m washing Falke socks that are 5+ years old.
The size range is up to a 15.

midgey Fri 18-Sep-20 19:00:18

MissA bamboo socks are lovely, really soft!

MissAdventure Fri 18-Sep-20 19:28:10

I'm not a big fan of socks.
They set my teeth on edge a bit, but I keep thinking I should find some nice ones and persevere.

Auntieflo Fri 18-Sep-20 21:37:49

Have you tried Jollie Socks?
Bit pricy but I think they do go up to size 12.

BBbevan Sat 19-Sep-20 09:25:39

I am diabetic and have never heard of diabetic socks. What do they do?

ayse Sat 19-Sep-20 09:40:06

I second or third bamboo socks. Really soft and comfy

CassieJ Sat 19-Sep-20 10:09:56

I just got these from Amazon -- I am sure they do mens too.
6 pairs Ladies SockShop Cotton Gentle Grip UK 4-8, EUR 37-42 Socks - NEW variations (6 x RH189 C/B Hyper)

Charleygirl5 Sat 19-Sep-20 10:35:23

I have lymphoedema both lower legs so wearing socks has been a problem but recently I bought 3 pairs of socks for £9.58 from Amazon. They are called Youedge- bamboo, breathable and super soft. They do men as well but you would have to look up the size as I take a 6!

They really are soft and to date, I have not had this problem of pulling them on and the sock tears. They also wash a treat.

If they are not suitable you can always return them.

Janelle17 Sat 19-Sep-20 10:45:08 sell several types of socks suitable for diabetics, i.e. seam-free and soft top. The men’s range fits up to size 13.

Chrisks Tue 22-Sep-20 19:36:44

Marks and Spencer’s do some with soft tops. My husband is diabetic and always buys them.

SpringyChicken Tue 22-Sep-20 20:27:59

Sockshop (online) do a variety of diabetic socks up to size 14. I have bought their (non diabetic) bamboo socks and sports socks and have been delighted with the quality. And if you visit the website via Topcashback, you'll get discounts too.

NotSpaghetti Tue 22-Sep-20 20:39:02

I've bought socks for a relative from here:

I think they are in Leicester- really helpful on the phone. Would definitely recommend them.

Puffin51 Mon 05-Oct-20 08:16:02

Try Norfolk Socks they have extra stretch and larger sizes.

Chewbacca Mon 05-Oct-20 08:18:45

Aldi were selling diabetic socks last week. I got OH 2 pairs and they seem absolutely fine.

Hetty58 Mon 05-Oct-20 08:26:59

Although I have skinny ankles I prefer the 'no show' sneaker type socks that just cover the foot/shoe area without bands around the legs. OK, they do nothing for chilly legs but I have slipper boots.

Sunnyoutlook Mon 05-Oct-20 08:39:27

Bought some at my local market for £3.99 for 3 pairs. The non elastic top seems to be the main difference to normal socks.

anav12 Thu 08-Oct-20 06:21:33

Yes if you wear a tight ring so your blood circulation is stopped. That's not good for health

shysal Thu 08-Oct-20 07:58:17

Most diabetic socks have hand-finished seamless toes as well as soft wide tops. I am not diabetic but have very sensitive feet so always wear them. Some brands mentioned above have 'bigfoot' sizes up to 14, so hope you get sorted.

GagaJo Thu 08-Oct-20 08:17:09

You could always unpick some of the elastic at the welt of the sock. I have had tight ankled socks before and done this to make them wearable. The welt is made up of lots of rows of thread elastic. If you take about half out, they become softer and stretchier and a lot less tight and uncomfortable.