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Which socks are right for your feet?

Let the professionals at Kansas City Foot Specialists diagnose the troubled areas of your feet, and suggest the right socks to help remedy your issues.

We’ve compiled a detailed list of different styles of socks that fit your activity level and promote quality foot health.

Benefits of synthetic socks

Synthetic socks consist of plastic, nylon, polyester and other synthetic fabric linings that don’t allow sweat to disperse from your feet. The socks are generally thinner and don’t fully absorb sweat, so your feet may stay wet. Polyester socks are the ideal synthetic sock choice for athletes that need dry feet since polyester is the most absorbent synthetic sock material.

When to wear cotton socks

Cotton socks are some widely worn by individuals partaking in non-strenuous everyday activities. The socks are generally lighter and airier in comparison to synthetic socks. The downside to cotton socks is that they retain moisture and become sodden. Your cotton socks will become soaked and create a prime location for bacteria to form. Cotton socks also retain heat better than other types of socks, this consistent heat on your feet can expedite the sweating process, soaking your socks faster.

When to wear wool socks

Wool socks are among some of the best socks for sweaty feet because of their moisture absorption properties. Unlike cotton, wool absorbs moisture in the inside of the fiber itself rather than the entirety of the fiber. This allows for greater moisture distribution throughout the sock and preventing them from becoming rapidly soaked.

Wool socks are often thicker than cotton socks but allow more breathing room. This allows air to travel in and cool down your feet when they’re warm, or warm up your feet when they’re cold.

Benefits of bamboo fiber socks

Bamboo fiber socks are environmentally friendly socks that are tailored for individuals with diabetes, prone to allergies, and sensitive skin. Bamboo has excellent thermal regulation that keeps your feet warm in the winter and cool in the heat. They are almost four times more absorbent than wool socks, which helps to reduce foot odor from excessive sweating caused by lack of breathability.

Sock features to look for

  • Arch reinforcements. Many brands of socks offer a tight-fitting reinforced weave in the arch to help with support. This helps individuals with high arches, flat feet, or regular arches that need stability. Having proper support is important for avoiding injury or developing plantar fasciitis. While arch-reinforced socks may be beneficial for some, wearing the right shoes makes the biggest difference for support.
  • Padding. Your feet take a beating from constantly using them. Some socks provide the wearer with extra padding on the balls of the feet as well as the heel to cushion the impact of each step. This extra padding is created by adding a denser, concentrated weave in the target areas. Padded socks are ideal for people that are outdoorsy and exposed to rough terrain.
  • Fit and breathability. The sizes for socks are generally listed on the packages they come in, but it is advised to try them on if you’re able to. Finding the right fit and breathability are important for long-term comfort and protection from infection. Make sure the toe and heel length correctly fit your feet without bunching over your toes or pulling too tight. If your socks are too tight they may limit breathability and create bacteria-prone conditions for your feet. Your socks should fit comfortably with and without shoes on.

If your socks aren’t providing the necessary comfort or support you need, then Kansas City Foot Specialists can help. We can help you diagnose the target areas of the feet, and find socks that perfectly support these areas. Contact us so you can find your next pair of practical, comfortable socks.