Are Super Socks The Cure All For Your Foot Problems?

super socks

Socks have been around for years but it has been in recent times, where new materials have been available that socks have become something else.

With that comes bold claims. Here are a list of 7 claims and do they actually work?

Socks #1. Achilles Support

socks achilles

These types of sock are supposed to help with Achilles pain. The Achilles comes from the calf muscle and inserts into the back of the heel. It also plays a part in plantar fascia pain.

Do they work?

Well, pulling the toes back will stretch the toes but if you have your foot angled wrong then other muscles help pull the foot back and gives little stretch to the main muscle: the calf muscle. So it might take longer than a typical stretching regime.

Socks #2. Anti-Slip

anti slip socks

Most people have seen these. I have to admit I have bought some for family. Now just from visual evidence I saw them being helpful. However if they rotate around the foot or the anti slip devices thin out (do they?) then the functionality of the sock reduces.

In some cases they are being stated that they help with foot stability. Unfortunately this is not the case. A socks is too flimsy for this to happen- a socks material can not keep the foot stable. A good fitting supportive shoe can do that.

Sock #3. Sleep Socks

sleeping socks

I didn't hear about this for a while, but there is some evidence which suggests (with the right sock material) socks can help you go to sleep. It has something to do with your feet can neither be too hot or too cold.

But, there is some small print. Some patients put cream on their feet and go to bed with socks on- they state it helps the cream soak in more. But it comes to hygiene.

If you wear socks all day and all night then there can be an issue of athletes foot making an appearance. Also if you are diabetic, it is important to check your feet on a regular basis and have light coloured socks. If your feet are in socks all day and night, is that going to happen?

Socks #4. Diabetic Gel Socks

gel socks

What a wonderful idea. The idea is that a gel lining within the sock is there to protect a diabetic foot from being hurt. Some diabetics can not feel their feet so if they get a rub, a scratch or something similar they might not feel it- in most cases they won't.

Now this type of sock is imitating a gel insole that you can get for shoes. And gel cushioning works best for people who have lost fatty padding to the bottom of their feet.

Would it work for diabetics?

I am unsure. The diabetic sock needs quite a few components but does it need gel?

The issues would be:

  • washing- how many times, what would be the hygiene be like?
  • how much space does it take up? It doesn't look like too much but crammed into a small shoe it could reduce the shoe dimensions and cause rubbing on the toes which is against what the sock is for.

Sock #5. Copper Socks

copper socks

Copper socks are not new, adding various elements to socks is not new (Silver socks was once the rage). Copper is supposed to help Oxygen flow to the feet which then in turn treats and alleviate certain conditions like:

  • plantar fascia pain
  • Heel spurs

What you find with those claims is that there is minimal evidence for it to happen. What it might do- just riffing here, is to increase Oxygen circulation which allows reduction in inflammation. So in a way it won't cure heel spurs (they are bone) but the inflammation which heel spurs give out might be reduced. Anyway the evidence is poor at the moment.

Socks #6. Compression Socks

compression socks

Compression socks also known as (graduated compression) have been around for ages and they work really well. They are used for plane flights to reduce the risk of DVT, for the elderly, for people who have swelling in their legs, lymph issues and many more. They are slightly tight around the feet and then have less compression the further up the leg you go.

What most people go for is "off the shelf" socks which are quite cheap. True compression socks are costly because they are a medical device. What usually happens is that measurements of your leg and ankle are taken. A size is made and then you choose the level of graduation.

So off the shelf is OK but if you want true compression socks then you need to get professionally measured for them.

Socks #7. Gel Socks

gel socks

Now these socks are not the diabetic ones. There are different variants of gels socks , some offer moisturising, some are supposed to help with athletes foot.

Again in theory it might help- especially the moisturising version, but again it comes down to hygiene.

Athletes foot and all those types of fungal issues like the warmth, dark and moist environments. So their ability to reduce athletes foot is questionable. What you are giving athletes foot is a buffet. Also, all your feet don't need moisture- especially inbetween your toes where it can crack with excess moisture.

Then when you take the gel socks off, what then? How do you clean them. Does your foot have to be clean before it goes into the sock, can you refill the moisture? 

Article written from an idea found here.

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Hi. I'm Dominic. I treat patients every day at a local clinic. I am a trained Chiropodist and I care about prevention. I designed the website to help readers understand treat and even prevent issues from happening to their feet.