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Should a Diabetic with swelling in their foot/ankle wear a compression sock?

As I research this online I'm finding differing answers. I thought that diabetics should keep their socks smooth and not tight in order to prevent sores from occurring.  
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Hello and welcome to MedHelp's forums.  Thanks for your question.  I'm assuming you are working with your doctor and that is the appropriate thing to do.  They know your particular situation and what is best for you.  All patients and circumstances can be different and this is why you may be finding conflicting information regarding this subject. This article is a general informative piece about compression socks and the diabetic patient endorsed by the American Diabetic Association. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/846334.  It does state that wearing the compression socks is often recommended and safe.  However, again, please do consult with your own physician.  Best of health to you.  
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Hi, a person. with diabetes must be very careful with wearing of compression socks, particularly if you have any signs of neuropathy of peripheral vascular disease. IE. only properly fitted and under close medical supervision.

if compression garments are used daily foot inspection is essential.

if your a1c is excellent, below 6 5 and no issues, then appropriate use of pressure garments, still under medical supervision, may be fine.
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