Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Socks: The First Line of Defense!

If you’re wondering why there is a blog devoted to socks, we want to tell you right away. Your foot health is important and sock choice matters! After you’ve dug around for a matching pair of good ol’ tube socks, you may find they don’t stand the test of time or do your feet any justice.

Socks matter!

You want your feet to function well. Actually, you need them to! Feet are under constant stress throughout the day. If you are an athlete, the amount of stress put on feet multiplies even more. The least you can do is provide your feet with a little TLC and that can often begin with the right pair of socks. Socks are often the first line of defense between your feet and the outside world. They provide padding, cushioning, warmth, help absorb moisture and reduce friction. Socks can be vital to not only foot health, but also your overall health. Problems that can arise from being without socks or the right kind include blisters, fungal and bacterial infections and frostbite.

I don’t know what you’ve been told,
These old socks are getting old!

The U.S Military has even done extensive research on socks. Soldiers needed regular medical help for blisters, abrasions, athlete’s foot and other foot problems. Socks affect the comfort and fit of shoes as well as foot health. Soldiers spending their day running, marching and on duty 24/7 needed the right kind of protection in their boots.

A cotton sock is going to retain three times more moisture than an acrylic one and retain that moisture ten times longer. Merino wool, synthetic or a combination is what you want to see in a good sock. Socks often have extra padding in the heels or ball of foot. It is a good idea to take your socks with you to try on shoes. You may need to go up a half size for feet to be really comfortable. If you are an athlete, pick the right sock for the right sport as they can help prevent injury and enhance performance.

If your lack of concern for your feet has led to some foot problems, it is time to “sock up” and make an appointment with Dr. Jeff Bowman at Houston Foot Specialists for treatment. Your feet deserve the right care and Dr. Bowman can get you started on the right foot…or sock! Call us today (713) 467-8886 or see our website for online appointments at
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