Yes! Socks are important
July 4, 2011 Leave a comment
Cotton feels soft and is soft. There is your pro to cotton socks. The cons? Well cotton absorbs sweat. This makes your feet wet. Cotton Wet cotton against moist skin is likely to cause blisters. Another con? Cotton socks normally do not fit as tight as moisture wicking socks. So there are times where you / your feet will slip around in your shoes.
If you are going to take the time to find the right shoe for your foot, why not complete the process and get the right sock for your foot as well. This can eliminate a multitude of possible problems when exercising. Blisters, calluses, and athlete’s foot to mention a few!
Sweat plus friction can cause foot blisters, and cotton socks are the worst choice because cotton absorbs instead of wicking. This was confirmed by a study at the University of Missouri-Columbia of athletic socks. “We found that 100% cotton socks were usually the worst especially when a person started to sweat,” said Robert Mooney, MU biological engineering student in a press release. Cotton holds moisture next to the skin which is how problems start with feet. Synthetic fabrics such as nylon and polyester draw the moisture away from the skin so it can be evaporated eliminating possible issues. Also when purchasing your socks make sure that you buy the sock size of your “foot” and not the size of your shoe. You do not want to have the socks bunching up in your shoe which can also cause blisters as well as discomfort.
So remember “taking care of your feet” doesn’t just mean your shoes.
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