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Socks 101

Winter is upon us, and it’s time to warm up your feet with a good pair of socks. Socks are a vital part of foot health. They absorb sweat, provide padding, and protect your feet from the friction created by your foot rubbing against the inside of your shoe.

Follow these tips from the American Podiatric Medical Association to choose the perfect sock:

••  Fit—Socks should fit perfectly, like a glove, and feel comfortable. The sock should not be too loose or large because socks that bunch can cause friction and lead to blisters. Socks shouldn’t be too small or tight either; small socks can decrease your circulation and comfort.

••  Fabric—Socks are made out of synthetic fibers, natural fibers, or a combination of the two. Socks made with synthetic fibers such as acrylic, nylon, and Lycra will keep their shape, retain their resilience, and “wick” moisture away from the skin so feet stay dry. Socks made of natural fibers such as cotton, linen, silk, and wool are durable, strong, and soft. They also absorb foot moisture, helping to keep feet dry. Cotton, for example, is breathable but also heat resistant and shock-absorbent. Wool socks offer extra warmth and extreme comfort for the feet.

••  Cushioning—Consider socks with a full cushion and padded sole support. These types of socks will provide your feet with added protection and cushioning, leaving your feet less tired at the end of the day. Also, look for socks with reinforced heels and toes, as these areas wear out the fastest.

For all your footcare needs contact Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS of Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic at 701-255-3338

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