It’s not easy to find warm thermal socks that suit diabetic feet! First, like winter diabetic shoes, winter diabetic socks are very limited. Second, the available ones are often poor-quality.
Yet, keeping your feet warm is very important when living with diabetes. Cold decreases blood circulation and increases risks of skin dryness and irritations which can lead to more serious diabetes-related foot problems.
But, keeping your feet too warm is not recommended either. Rule #5 of diabetes foot care guidelines is to always keep your feet dry. If your feet are too warm, they will be sweating all day long and stay in a moist environment that’s just too good for bacterial and fungal infections.
That’s exactly why good-quality warm diabetic socks are very hard to find. Because they should be warm, moisture-wicking, and breathable, at the same time! That requires quite technical features that few companies have managed to offer.
So, let’s stop talking and get to what you came for. Here are 6 best-quality, most recommended warm men’s socks for diabetes. Merino wool, Alpaca wool, Thick bamboo fibers, etc. I bet you already feel the warmth and comfort and can’t wait to get your feet a nice treat!
If you’re hesitating regarding what technical features you should prioritise for your own foot problems, we’d recommend you first read our diabetic socks features guide.
Warmest thermal Diabetic socks for Men (not in order!):
It is important diabetic people keep their feet warm. Cold feet have worst blood circulation and the skin gets more easily dry and irritated, which can lead to wounds aggravating to foot ulcer. If you have cold feet at night, you can wear your socks to bed. BUT be careful they’re loose and do not constrict your feet.
No. Pretty much all foot professional agree that if you have diabetes, you should NOT wear heated socks. Heated socks usually use a battery-powered low-energy heater mesh which provides ambient warmth to the feet. This kind of electrical socks can cause burn to your skin, which can later get infected and cause you a lot of pain and troubles.
Just like heated socks, it is recommended diabetics do NOT use electric blankets or heating pads on their feet. For the same reason, you should stay away from these gadgets.
Sorry but again, no. And even less if you have Diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is a diabetes complication that affects the feet and legs and causes, among other things, a loss of sensation in the feet. Your heated bottle could be boiling and burning your skin without you even feeling it! If your feet are often cold, it’s more approriate you use warm thick diabetic socks, or add a blanket at night.
As you can see from all the different diabetic socks models available, there is no such thing as a standard diabetic sock. Every model features different technologies and specificities that address different foot problems. It’s not because you have diabetes than any diabetic socks will be good for your feet. You need to choose the diabetic socks features that will best address your own foot problems.
First, don’t forget to ask for your doctor or podiatrist’s recommendations. They’re the ones who will best know what your feet exactly need. Second, this article might help you: “which diabetic socks for which diabetic foot problem?“
And finally, here’s our table linking most common diabetes-related foot problems to diabetic socks features that best address them. You can of course refer to it before buying your new men’s diabetic socks.