Can a diabetic person wear black socks?

Patient

Q: Can a diabetic person wear black socks? Years ago I heard that they can only wear cotton white. Is this true?

Doctor

A:   Thank you for your question. The only caution we give diabetic patients in this case is to try not to wear sox or stockings that are too tight as they can exacerbate the progression of peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease by compromising circulation. The colour of the sox worn is does no pose any risk.

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