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The Importance of Good Socks

Socks are an important aspect of foot health. Your feet are the only part of your body that is in constant contact with the ground. Your feet endure tremendous stresses throughout the day. For this reason, your feet need extra attention and care. Socks can provide a vital part of protection as they are the primary interface between your foot and the ground.

What to look for in a good pair of socks Finding good socks is not as easy as choosing the most expensive brand. Socks need to be comfortable, and they should also be suited to the proper activity and use.

Here are a few things to consider when picking out socks:

  • Do not purchase socks without trying them on first.
  • If you are an athlete, try to find socks designed specifically for your sport.
  • Look for a high thread count (denser socks repel moisture and protect the feet for longer periods).
  • Look for socks with a reinforced heel and toe.
  • Look for socks with cushion sole support.
  • Make sure to buy the proper sock size; your toes should reach the seam, and the heel padding should hit your heel in the proper place.

Issues created by improper sock fit

Finding a pair of properly fitting shoes is one of the best ways to prevent foot injury, and a pair of good socks provides extra insurance against injury. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true; poorly fitting socks can cause blisters, calluses, and abrasions.

Socks that are too tight often trap moisture; this can lead to fungal development and conditions like athlete's foot and toenail fungus. Socks with insufficient cushioning also pose problems for athletes, particularly anyone who plays sports that require pounding feet on pavement and jumping.

A good pair of socks will keep feet cool, dry, and comfortable. To avoid blisters, hot spots, abrasions and fungal growth, look for socks that wick away moisture and cause less friction and irritation.

If you have any symptoms caused by socks, contact Southeast Podiatry to make an appointment with Dr. Brent Harwood or Dr. Bradford Egly.

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