So you’ve got your designer gym bag, your sensible-yet-fashionable workout outfit, and of course a good pair of shoes that support your arch type. But you’re still wearing some fraying, worn out cotton socks for exercising? We can put a lot of consideration into comfort for our gear, but socks can get sadly neglected. Having good socks for working out can make for a much more comfortable experience, though. They’re what directly touch our feet, after all!
When seeking good workout socks, the keys are in cushioning, friction-reduction, and moisture-wicking. The benefits of good cushioning are obvious, especially on the sole, but you don’t want to make it your only consideration. Socks that are overly thick or tight may be cushiony, but can also reduce circulation and cause blister-forming friction.
Smooth and seamless fabric can help further reduce friction against the foot and avoid irritation. Microfibers tend to be a good match and also frequently have moisture-wicking properties. Not only can keeping excess moisture off the foot further help reduce friction, but can help keep odor and fungal infections at bay, too. Wool blends also work, but cotton isn’t that great a material.
While there is a rainbow of socks for working out to choose from, few colors beat plain old white if you have diabetes or nerve problems. It has nothing to do with dyes, and everything to do with detection. Signs of injury or infection can show up as red or yellow stains on your socks, alerting you to something wrong even if you are unable to feel it.
If you need help determining the best socks or shoes for your active lifestyle, Dr. Sanjay Patel and the staff of Family Foot Care & Surgery will be happy to help. Call either of our two offices—(203) 876-7736 for Milford or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden—to schedule an appointment.