Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the United States, and its subsequent symptoms can make life difficult for those who struggle with it. Namely, diabetic neuropathy, or nerve pain, affects 50% of diabetic individuals and makes everyday activities unbearable at times.
Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that occurs when high blood sugar (diabetes) damages the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy affects the legs and feet first, which is why many individuals experience numbness, pain, or swelling in the lower extremities.
However, Circufiber’s socks seek to address this problem by providing patented compression wear specifically aimed at diabetic individuals.
Is diabetic nerve pain getting on your last nerve? In this review, we’ll discuss if Circufiber’s socks are worthwhile methods for alleviating one of the most frustrating byproducts of diabetes.
What is Circufiber?
Circufiber is an American company founded in 2019. The company uses technology and science-based techniques to create socks that are aimed at alleviating nerve pain in individuals with diabetes.
The company offers a number of different styles and sizes of socks that are all backed by a scientific advisory board that oversees the use of technology to ensure a high-quality product.
The goal is to help people with diabetes adopt a more active and comfortable lifestyle so they can get back to the activities they love.
But compression socks are nothing new. So what makes them stand out? Their socks use a patent-pending Circulight IR (infrared) technology which is said to offer some of the same benefits of infrared light for diabetic nerve pain.
While the benefits of infrared exposure for diabetic neuropathy are currently limited, it also doesn’t seem to worsen symptoms.
Currently, the socks are undergoing a clinical trial at Yale University to assess their effectiveness on a research-based and scientific level. While the results are not yet published, the company is confident that it will prove their footwear is very helpful for those with diabetic neuropathy.
Circufiber Socks: An Overview
Circufiber compression socks have loads of benefits for those with diabetic neuropathy, but they also function as high-quality compression socks in general for anyone who struggles with foot pain.
Here are some of the advantages that make these socks stand out:
- The socks are extremely comfortable, even just for wearing around the house.
- They seemed to do a good job of alleviating discomfort when worn.
- The calf height socks are easy to put on and take off, which is beneficial for those with movement restrictions.
- They keep your feet cool and help prevent sweating, especially when compared to other compression socks on the market.
While we really loved these socks, for the most part, there are some drawbacks that you’ll want to know before you buy.
- They are expensive, and the price may not be worth it when there are plenty of other inexpensive compression sock alternatives.
- They might be too thick for some people — in fact, they may not even fit in your current shoes.
- There’s not much variety in terms of colors and sizing — you essentially only have the option between crew socks and ankle socks in either white or black.
Now that you know some of the general thoughts, let’s dive in and touch on each of these points in-depth so you can get a better picture as to whether or not these socks are right for you.
Comfort and Quality
Perhaps the most prominent factor in regards to whether or not these socks are high quality is how comfortable they feel when worn. The good news is that Circufiber’s socks are some of the most comfortable compression socks we’ve ever tried.
We wore the All Day Diabetic Crew Socks in place of regular cotton socks for about a month’s time. We noticed a difference almost immediately when we put the compression socks on. They really feel like they tighten the nerves and alleviate some of the pain from inflammation.
In fact, they allowed us to lightly jog without feeling any discomfort, which would have not been possible with a pair of traditional cotton socks.
As far as how they stack up to other compression socks, we really didn’t notice too much of a difference as far as comfort. But what we did notice was that ourfeet didn’t sweat nearly as much in these, which is pretty rare for thick compression socks. Circufiber’s garments felt breezy and lightweight, which aided in the feeling of comfort.
Additionally, they were really easy to put on and take off. A common issue with compression socks is that they can become so tight that you really need to use some strength to pull them off and stick them on. We didn’t have any trouble with Circufiber’s.
With that said, these socks were a bit thicker than we would have liked. They probably made our feet go up an entire size when worn, which felt a bit strange when we put shoes on over them. While the added compression was honestly pretty nice, we could see how it would become uncomfortable for runners or people who are spending long hours on their feet throughout the day.
Style and Appearance
The socks feel great, but how do they look? The socks come in neutral colors, which is good in a sense because they work with any outfit. Especially when worn with jeans or pants, you really can’t tell that these are compression socks rather than just ordinary wool socks.
However, there aren’t many options as far as colors and styles. The company sells calf height, crew socks, ankle socks, and hiking socks. That’s a good variety for the purpose that these socks serve, but we wish there were more color options so we could mix and match a little bit more. The necessities are here, though, so if you’re only concerned about functionality, you’ll probably be more than pleased.
Something to note that we didn’t experience ourselves, but others have commented on, is that even if you decide to go with a black sock, any ooze or bloody discharge will still show up on the fabric. This is great, as many people with diabetic foot problems typically need to wear light-colored socks so they can monitor these occurrences. It opens up more options, in a way, despite the fact that there’s limited variety on the website.
If you couldn’t tell yet, we were really pleased with these socks. However, there is a major drawback that acts as a huge barrier for many people: the cost.
These socks are expensive, and there’s really no way to deny it. A single pair of the crew socks is $19.99, and that doesn’t even include an extra $3 for shipping. While you can technically save by buying packs, a pack of nine socks will put you out $134.
No matter how great they are, it’s hard to justify spending that much when you can get alternatives for over half that. If you’re budget-conscious, these honestly are probably not the best fit for you.
What we will say is that if you’ve been struggling to find a pair of diabetic socks that get the job done, it might be worth the investment to give these a try. Plus, you can buy just a few pairs and wear them only when you’re exercising or when you know you’ll be on your feet all day long.
The customer service team at Circufiber was friendly and helpful when we reached out via email for some general questions about their socks. They were responsive, clear, and even provided us with some external resources to learn more about diabetic neuropathy and other ways to find relief.
With that said, you can only contact them via email. There is no phone number on their site, which can be frustrating if you’re trying to get some immediate assistance. Not to mention, they are only available from 9 am to 4 pm EST Mondays through Fridays, which doesn’t give people on the West Coast a very large window of time to reach out for help.
Who is Circufiber for?
Circufiber socks are a perfect addition to your wardrobe if you have diabetic nerve pain, especially in your feet. They’re a great alternative to other compression socks because they offer the same level of comfort without the thick, hot, sweaty feeling that often accompanies.
But also, these socks aren’t just for people with diabetes. These are overall comfy pieces of footwear that might be able to provide extra support and cushion for anyone who works long hours on their feet or are just looking for a cozy pair of socks.
Their hiking socks might also be great for people who love the outdoors and hike often. They’re a little warmer and offer a bit more arch support as opposed to the traditional compression socks, making them perfect for long treks in the mountains or on your favorite trail.
With all of that in mind, these aren’t meant for shoppers on a budget. You might need to look at other options if you don’t really think the price is right.
Circufiber Socks: In Review
Circufiber socks are compression socks aimed at individuals with diabetic neuropathy. Their lightweight design, paired with scientifically backed research, make for a sock that feels comfortable for daily use as well as during exercise.
These are breathable pieces of footwear that really do seem to help alleviate discomfort. While they are at a high price point, they may be worth it when compared to alternatives that don’t perform nearly as well.
All in all, Circufiber’s socks are high-quality compression socks that are more comfortable than the average pair and really seem to improve nerve pain. While they are expensive and don’t come in many varieties, their breathable fabric and stylish design make for a sleek and discrete compression sock that you’ll never want to take off.
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