Are hosiery such as socks and tights affecting your feet? You may not give this a thought when putting them on in the morning, but it’s something that should be considered.

We often assume that one pair of socks or tights is the same as another, but in reality, this isn’t true. So if the selection in your sock drawer isn’t doing your feet any favours, then you have a greater risk of developing foot-related problems.

Hosiery is the second most common cause of exercise-related foot problems. Unsuitable socks, tights or other nylons could be harming your feet.

As the fabric sits next to your skin for long periods of time, your feet could be trapped in unhealthy surroundings.

Signs your socks or hosiery could be damaging to your feet:

  1. Excess fabric or socks that are too big will bunch up around your heels and toes and cause friction against the skin. This can lead to blisters, calluses, corns and skin irritation.
  2. Are your socks or hosiery too tight? Overly tight hosiery can damage the natural shape of your feet and ankles. If you see signs of indentations around the top of your socks on removal it’s a sure sign that they are too tight and you could develop poor circulation, ingrown toenails, and hammertoes. All of these conditions can be very painful if left untreated. They can cause damage to your feet if not treated correctly by a Foot Healthcare Professional.
  3. Remember when washing your socks and hosiery, that they tend to shrink, so it’s important to check after washing.
  4. Is the fabric worn and too thin, or are there any holes? Wear and tear can prevent socks and other forms of hosiery from protecting and cushioning your feet properly.
  5. Bulky material – thick socks and hosiery can become breeding grounds for fungal infections, bacteria and odour.
  6. Abrasive Fabric – cheap hosiery and socks aren’t always breathable, so sweat struggles to escape.

Buying the right socks or hosiery

  1. Choose socks and hosiery that have plenty of room to allow your toes to spread, but without leaving excessive fabric.
  2. Socks manufactured from bamboo fibre are eco-friendly and 40% more absorbent than cotton. Bamboo socks will wick away moisture from the skin much faster, keeping the skin dryer and more comfortable. Bamboo fibre also has anti-bacterial properties and can help to repel odours. Bamboo socks are often comfortable, lightweight, breathable and quick-drying.
  3. Avoid wearing dark socks and hosiery. This is because if your feet bleed, secrete pus or sweat too much, you will be able to see this easily with lighter coloured fabric.
  4. Never wear the same pair for two days. Always change your socks daily and after any exercise.
  5. Soft-top, easy-grip socks are ideal for anyone with circulation problems and those with Diabetes.

If you’re worried that your socks or hosiery may cause your foot-related problems, or suffering from fungal problems, blisters, calluses or corns it’s important to seek advice from your Foot Healthcare Professional.

Visit We Fix Feet for a foot-health appointment and we can assess your foot function, diagnose any problems you may have and recommend a treatment plan. Your feet are our number one priority.