Diabetic Socks

Protect Your Feet: Soft-Tissue Management of Diabetic Feet

As a diagnosed or pre-diabetic your feet need to be protected, Thorlos Health Padds clinically-tested padded diabetic socks (CTPS),are highly effective diabetic socks with unique padding clinically shown to reduce blisters, pain, pressures and moisture. Blisters and any other lesion or break in the skin can set the stage for diabetic foot ulcers and potential amputation. Thorlos padding protects the feet’s skin/soft-tissue so these are less likely to occur. In fact, the Center for Disease Control reccommends that diabetics wear padded socks.

“Since I started wearing Thorlos socks I don't get blisters on my feet. As a diabetic, this is very important!” Sherry M.

According to the US National Institutes of Health and National Library of Medicine, if you have diabetes you are more likely to have diabetic foot problems. You may experience diabetic nerve pain or diabetic foot pain. Diabetes can damage your nerves (diabetic neuropathy), which may make you less able to feel an injury or pressure on the skin of your foot. Thus, you might not notice a foot injury (unrecognized trauma to the feet) until severe damage or infection develops. This is why skin/soft-tissue management of the feet via diabetic socks is critical if you have diabetes to avoid these foot problems especially a diabetic ulcer.


Best Socks For Diabetics

Diabetes also changes your body's ability to fight infections—a cut or sore may take a long time to heal, if it heals at all. Damage to blood vessels because of diabetes results in less blood and oxygen getting to your feet. Because of this, small sores or breaks in the skin may become deeper foot ulcers; if skin ulcers do not improve, get larger or go deeper into the skin, your toes, foot or leg may have to be amputated. That’s why it’s vitally important to properly manage diabetic feet and the skin/soft tissue of the feet via diabetic socks and see your health care provider regularly, have regular foot exams and check and care for your feet every day (see http://www.ipfh.org/foot-conditions/diabetes:-foot-concerns/daily-foot-care-for-people-with-diabetes/), especially if you already have nerve or blood vessel damage or current foot problems. Clearly, preventive foot care is critical for a person with diabetes.

“These are the best. Having diabetic foot issues, I value the safety and performance of these socks.” Herbert A.

How Thorlos Health Padds Help with Soft-Tissue Management of the Feet

Thorlos have been clinically shown to drop foot pressure by as much as 31 percent

Thorlos Health Padds have padding that is uniquely designed and engineered for people with diabetes or diabetic symptoms and can help protect against the negative consequences of diabetes-related foot conditions. The padding of these diabetic socks, which our customers and health professionals tell us are highly effective in providing diabetic foot protection, has been clinically shown to reduce blisters, pain, foot pressures and moisture. They are available in three lengths: over-calf socks, crew socks and ankle socks.

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Taken together, these benefits provide unique, clinically shown comprehensive protection for the skin/soft tissues of the feet, thereby addressing the major foot-health risks associated with diabetes.

“Being diabetic, I must pamper my feet and these socks are perfect with my new exercise shoes. They are so comfortable I wear them often.” Mary M.

Thorlos CTPS Will Help You Stay Active

Staying active is a key to managing your diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, regular activity can: improve your blood sugar, lower your blood pressure, help you lose weight, lower your risk of other health problems such as heart attack or stroke, give you more energy, reduce stress and improve your flexibility.

“I walk daily for my diabetes and I swear by these socks. It is common for diabetics to have feet problems but with these socks to cushion my feet, I've had none. I highly recommend them!” Judi H.


Thorlos Health Padds Protect: Reduce Chances of Diabetic Blisters

Thorlos padded diabetic socks can help you get or stay active by making your feet as comfortable as possible, reducing any pain and thereby making it easier to be on your feet for longer periods. You will also have peace of mind that your feet will be protected during activity, reducing the chances of blisters, pressures and moisture…the causes of ulceration.

“A sales person recommended these socks for my boyfriend who has diabetes and needs good socks/shoes, especially to work out. These are the first we purchased and he has been able to be active w/out foot problems. I am online buying more.” Wendy V.

Recommended Socks for Diabetic Feet

Thorlos offers two types of clinically-tested padded socks for the diabetic foot:

Thorlos Health Padds are for people with diabetes whose feet are not at immediate risk of ulceration or amputation. Note that if your doctor says your feet are at risk for ulceration or amputation, it is important to see your doctor regularly, get regular foot exams and check your feet at least daily.

Thorlos MEDDS® are available by prescription only for people with diagnosed diabetes whose feet are at risk of ulceration or amputation. Call us toll-free (888-846-7567) to discuss the process for obtaining this product.

Curious but not yet convinced whether Thorlos CTPS can help you address your foot pain? We invite you to try your first pair free…just paying shipping and handling.

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If you have diabetes, your feet are at risk and you need the best foot protection possible. We recommend that you wear only our clinically-tested padded socks (CTPS), not our Lite Padded Socks (LPS).

Proper Fitting Is Critical When Wearing Socks for Diabetes Feet

You will maximize the benefits of Thorlos clinically-tested padding by having your shoes properly fitted with your Thorlos padded socks at the shoe store. See instructions on how to get a professional fit here: “How to Fit Thorlos with Footwear.”

“I am a diabetic, so getting all three pieces to the foot care/protection puzzle right is a must...proper shoe fit, correct orthotics, and, most importantly, a great pair of cushioned Thorlo socks!” Tom O.

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Reviews for Thorlos DIABETIC

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: HPXM

    Comfortable, very long lasting, wear with casual clothes.

    11/18/18 | By

    My feet are cushioned and happier. With THorla socks the heals don't wear through in three months the way Gold Toe socks do. Easily worth the higher cost.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: HPXM

    Best socks for routine use.

    11/08/18 | By

    Purchased for my husband and he is very satisfied with them.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: HPXM

    Everyday use

    11/05/18 | By

    warm and fuzzy

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: HPXM

    Soft As Cashmere

    11/01/18 | By

    They feel as if my feet are surrounded with warm air and fluffy clouds. The tops do not dig into my ankles as I have muscular thighs and calves. I know, you’re always looking to improve and stay relevant....... consider this sock with slightly thicker section from ankle to top while maintaining the loose top. Best SOCKS Ever..... Don C.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: HPXM

    Comfortable every day socks

    10/29/18 | By

    I am diabetic I purchased these socks and the walking socks to see which were a better fit for my situation. I have found both to be excellent. They wear well, they are comfortable. They feel light and airy on my feet I receive excellent support. I have recommended them to all my friends.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: HPXM

    best socks for comfort, they make your feet happy!

    10/18/18 | By

    I have been buying thorlo socks for over 30 years. My wife was a buyer for a sporting goods company and bought me my first pairs. Ever since that day I was sold on thorlo super socks. I buy them for my friends.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: HPMW

    Best socks ever for Neuropathy!

    10/17/18 | By

    Comforts walking like no other sock does that I have tried for neuropathy!

  • 4 out of 5

    Style: HPXW

    Great, loose fitting socks!

    09/26/18 | By

    I feel great! My only complaint is that they are slippery on my hardwood floors when I don’t have shoes on.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: HPMM

    Long time fan.

    09/22/18 | By

    Secure. comfortable. Feet stay dry and cool, even in Florida heat. I wore TWD13 with both cowboy and work boots for years. Can't wear the cowboy boots any more and these don't look silly with shorts. These are great with the terrain boots I wear now.

  • 5 out of 5

    Style: HPMM


    09/21/18 | By


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Now that I have learned I'm a diabetic, what is the best way for me to care for my feet?
    A: People with diabetes face a number of potential problems. One of the most serious is what’s called diabetic neuropathy which leads to a loss of sensation in the feet. This is an extremely serious problem that puts a diabetic at increased risk for injury, infection and ultimately amputation of the feet.
  • Q: What are the best kinds of Socks to wear?
    A: The research is very clear – not all socks are the same in their ability to protect your feet. This is one area where quality matters and where cheap is definitely not better especially in diabetics. The research clearly shows that acrylic padded socks are best at wicking moisture and maintaining their resiliency and that clinically tested padded socks (CTPS) provide the best protection against abrasions, shearing and pressure forces that can damage the skin and lead to ulcer formation or infection. Socks should also be a blend of materials depending on a person’s specific activity. For example, tennis players need more padding in the toes and heels while hikers might need more padding in the heel as well as wool for more warmth. My family and I use the Thorlo brand of activity specific socks as they provide the important acrylic padding, are comfortable and last forever.
  • Q: How do I know I am wearing the correct size and shape of shoes for my feet?
    A: The best way to know that you are wearing the correct size and shape of shoe is to have them assessed and sized by a foot health professional. If one is not available, please be sure to measure your own feet each time you buy shoes using the standard foot measuring device. If a store doesn’t have one, then shop elsewhere as your foot health is too important to be left to chance and can lead to long term problems.
  • Q: Is it really necessary to have my doctor to check my feet checked at every doctor's appointment?
    A: YES! A foot examination should be a part of every visit to a healthcare professional. If he/she doesn't automatically do so you should request an examination. Also check your feet yourself at least twice a day, EVERY day, as well! Pay close attention and look for any reddened areas, blisters or cuts so that prevention and treatment can begin as soon as possible.
  • Q: Do I really need to have my shoe size reassessed every time I buy a new pair?
    A: YES!!! Your shoe size changes over time and almost no one has two feet that are exactly the same size, width or shape. Remember that shoe sizing can vary from brand to brand, from style to style and within brands so don’t assume that one size will always be correct for you. It only takes a minute to recheck your shoe size to ensure the best fit for you.
  • Q: My friends have said I may have Charcot Marie Tooth. What is it and how concerned should I be?
    A: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting approximately 1 in 2,500 people in the United States. A typical feature includes weakness of the foot and lower leg muscles, which may result in foot drop and a high-stepped gait with frequent tripping or falls. Foot deformities, such as high arches and hammertoes (a condition in which the middle joint of a toe bends upwards) are also common. If your dorsal mid foot feels warm to the touch compared to other parts of your foot or you are having severe pain, don't take a chance and don't waste a moment getting yourself to a foot specialist or orthopedic surgeon for a complete foot examination so that preventive action can be taken as soon as possible.
  • Q: Do diabetic ulcer(s) ever heal up?
    A: Yes, diabetic ulcers can be healed especially in those who maintain good blood sugar control. In others, diabetic ulcers may be extremely difficult to heal so prevention is the key. Inspecting your feet every day is essential for detecting foot problems early. You can help prevent them from occurring or assist them in trying to heal by wearing padded socks made from acrylic or acrylic-blend fibers, using inserts topped with Plastizote and wearing properly sized and fitted shoes.
  • Q: While I'm otherwise pretty healthy, one of the side affects of my diabetes is that I have no feeling in my feet...how concerned should I be?
    A: You are describing diabetic neuropathy – a well-known problem in diabetics that causes loss of sensation in the feet. The feet of persons with diabetes are always at risk no matter how otherwise healthy a person with diabetes may be or they may think they are. Inspect your feet every day to look for early foot problems. Always follow the IPFH Integrated Approach to proper fitting of socks and shoes to minimize trauma and maximize protection for the insensate foot.
  • Q: Can I go barefoot?
    A: NO! Not even in your own home. Never, never, never! And especially so if you have decreased or no feeling in your feet. You'll never know if you've injured your foot. You could unknowingly pick up a sliver from a broken glass on your bathroom or kitchen floor or you could cut them on anything you step on or you could even burn them for example on hot sand at the beach. Remember that if left untreated, the progression from injury to ulceration to infection to amputation can be a fast ride.
  • Q: What can I do to make my feet more supple when they're dry and cracked?
    A: Apply a moisturizing lotion - one with a high urea content may work better than ones with lower urea content - to the upper and lower parts of the foot and around the heel but NEVER apply lotion between the toes. Lotion there could facilitate friction and increase the chance of producing ulcers where the bony parts of the toes come in contact with one another. The ideal time to apply lotions is after you shower or bathe. Remember that in winter your feet dry out more so using lotions during this time is even more important. Herring and Richie conducted two studies 23 and 24 comparing the degree of moisture on feet and socks, foot temperature, and blister formation resulting from wearing acrylic and cotton socks. In the first study, 23, they used socks with thickly padded cushioning in the soles. In the second study, 23, the socks had no extra padding. Interestingly, in the study using padded socks, they found a significant advantage to using acrylic, whereas in the study of generic cushioned socks, they found no demonstrable difference in moisture. Herring and Richie’s results agreed with textile industry claims that natural cotton and wool fibers absorb moisture from the skin.13 However, socks are like towels. If a cotton towel is used to dry the skin after a bath, the cotton does well at absorbing the water from the skin, but the towel is then damp because it retains the moisture. A characteristic of acrylic is that it does not absorb moisture well. However, it is able to wick moisture from the skin. Herring and Richie concluded that people whose feet are exposed to increased moisture because of exercise should wear socks that are not only made of acrylic fabric, but also densely padded. Summary Clearly, diabetes educators and other health care professionals often base advice on tradition rather than on scientific evidence. The available evidence suggests that people with diabetes who have “normal” feet should be able to wear whatever socks they find to be comfortable. Socks should fit well, without constricting cuffs, lumps, or uncomfortable seams. Therefore, fitted socks are preferable to tube socks. Lighter-colored socks may alert wearers with compromised sensation to a draining wound. Patients can judge for themselves which type of fabric feels the most comfortable. Patients who are at risk for ulcer development because of decreased pressure sensation should be advised to wear densely padded socks. In the studies cited here, the padded socks used were the Thorlo brand, which are made of 100% acrylic fiber with nylon and spandex for elasticity. Because cotton was not used, it is difficult to say whether a 100% cotton padded sock would also produce less vertical pressure. Herring and Richie found that padded acrylic socks produce less moisture at the skin surface and less blistering in runners than do cotton socks. Therefore, educators should recommend that their patients wear padded acrylic socks when engaging in vigorous exercise.

The content on this page has been reviewed by Dr. Kevin Soden MD, THORLO’s Chief Medical Officer, and Jerome Gallenstein, THORLO’s Staff Certified & Licensed Pedorthist