Anyone looking to buy diabetic slipper socks for use around the home should know that there are a few features which are important to look for and a few others which are not nearly as important. Obviously, anyone wants to spend a reasonable sum of money on slipper socks and not be a victim of price gouging, but sometimes it’s good to remember that a person gets what is paid for and many higher priced diabetic slipper socks are simply better quality products and well worth the full retail price.
First of all it should be noted that slipper socks are not exactly recommended for those with diabetes. They are far better to wear than going barefoot but for foot protection they are severely lacking when compared to good diabetic slippers. Good diabetic slippers for men and women are usually made with rather thick soles which provide ample protection against puncture wounds and stubbed toes around the house. Conversely, a slipper sock would have to have a mighty tough rubberized sole to protect as well.
Having said that, however, wearing slipper socks is much better than going barefoot because they do offer some foot protection and more importantly may protect the wearer from slip and falls that may occur on hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors. It is common knowledge that many diabetics have reduced sensation in their feet and may not be fully aware that they are stepping on something painful until it is too late. As mentioned, the best diabetic slipper sock should have a rather substantial rubberized sole providing at least some protection against items on the ground that could stick through the sock and puncture the skin, which may lead to pain or a potential infection.
Many socks are made with elastic bands in the ankle and this band should be loose enough to not hamper bloodflow since many diabetics have poor circulation in their feet. A diabetic slipper sock should not be too tight either due to the elastic band or because it isn’t designed as a pair of slipper socks for wide feet. The fit must be proper – secure, but not restrictive. If in doubt, always err on the side of safety and comfort even if it costs a little more money and choose a sock with a thick, gripping sole and the right elasticity for comfort and unimpeded circulation.