We all know the importance of picking a high-quality shoe, but when was the last time you thought about your socks? Wearing the correct socks can ensure the optimal health of your feet. The type, or style, of the sock, is also important to pay attention to. Different styles work with different shoes or occasions, and certain health conditions might benefit from a certain style of socks.
Synthetic Socks Are Where It's At
We all hate the feeling of hot, sweaty feet, but bacteria love that environment. Any dampness in your socks can lead to fungal infections of the feet. Choosing a sock made of synthetic fibers will keep your feet cool and dry by wicking away moisture. Look for brands that use acrylic or Teflon in their fabrications. ThorLo offers a wide variety of options, from athletic to dress socks.
Prevent Pain! Socks With Padding
If you suffer from foot pain, the socks you wear can significantly affect the healing process. Wearing thick socks with padding near the heel and the ball of your foot can help cushion those painful areas. Padding can also hinder the formation of painful blisters.
The Problem With Cotton Socks
Once cotton becomes wet, it stays wet. Socks made with cotton will bunch up and can cause blisters or sores. The material also breaks down with washing and quickly loses its shape and softness, turning it into a shapeless, abrasive sleeve that does little to support healthy feet. Ditch the cotton socks to avoid fungus, odor, and even painful sores.
Specialty Socks for Your Unique Condition
If you are a person with diabetes or circulation issues, a particular sock may be necessary and incredibly beneficial. The key features to look out for if you have diabetes are a flat, soft toe seam, moisture-wicking synthetic material, and even antibacterial properties. Diabetic socks should be white, so any blood or fluid from an unknown wound can be quickly identified. In today's age of technology and innovation, there are even "smart" socks for people with diabetes. Special compression socks are outfitted with temperature gauges which can help identify the beginnings of a diabetic wound or ulcer!
For circulation issues, talk to us about compression socks or stockings. Bombas Compression Socks, which can be ordered online, are effective and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. If a higher grade of compression is needed, your provider can write a prescription to obtain them from a medical supplier.
How Do I Know I've Chosen the Right Socks?
If you follow the tips we've outlined in this blog, you're on the right track! Still have questions? Give us a call and set up an appointment. You can bring in any socks (or shoes) you are questioning and rest assured as we take a look and give you our expert opinion. Scheduling is easy and we are guaranteed to get you in within two weeks! Call us at 989-695-6788 or fill out our handy online contact form today!
Feeling generous? February is when we host our Warming Soles Sock Drive. Donations of new socks are accepted and will be given to the Underground Railroad of Saginaw.