- As the weather gets colder, any foot injury could cause major debilitation
- Expert Matt Fitzpatrick selects five pairs of socks to make your life easier
We take our feet for granted, but even a minor injury or problem can cause major debilitation.
Here, MATT FITZPATRICK, a consultant podiatrist from the College of Podiatry, selects five of the best socks.
ACTIVA HEALTHCARE FLIGHT SUPPORT SOCKS
Good for: Poor circulation
There socks provide light compression, which helps veins work better in moving blood up the legs, reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis — a clot in a vein in the leg — and varicose veins in susceptible people.
They also support the healing of leg ulcers and swelling in the feet as a result of poor circulation or injury.
Patients who use these socks have shown improvements in their health conditions; some flight socks are available on the NHS.
CARNATION FOOTCARE SILVERSOCK
£12 for two pairs, firstaidfast.co.uk
Good for: Foot odour
Bad foot odour can be caused by certain materials used in footwear that lead to excessive sweating.
These socks are made of cotton thread coated with silver, which has been shown to kill odour-causing bacteria.
DERMATUFF THIN SKIN PROTECTION SOCKS
Good for: Thinning skin
Fragile skin (which is at greater risk of tears and ulcers) can be caused by ageing, excessive sun exposure and as a side-effect of certain medication such as blood-thinners.
DermaTuff socks are made with a special weave designed to make them impact-resistant to help protect fragile skin — they redistribute pressure across the foot, which helps avoid localised damage.
FALKE RU4 CUSHION RUNNING SOCKS
Good for: Runners’ blisters
THESE socks have a seamless and cushioned toe to reduce friction, blistering and pressure.
The three-layer fabric (50 per cent polypropylene, 30 per cent polyamide and 20 per cent lyocell) will help keep sweaty feet dry and so prevent blisters.
COSYFEET DIABETIC FRIENDLY SOCKS
From £16 for two pairs, cosyfeet.com
Good for: Diabetes
These cotton socks are seamless, making them less likely to rub and cause sores.
They come with a specially designed top that keeps the sock up without restricting circulation.
The company makes roomier socks for people with swollen feet or ankles, too.
The benefit of better fitting socks is there is less chance they will rub and damage the skin.
For patients who do not have sensation in their feet, something may rub or injure them without them knowing. This can lead to breaks in the skin and ulceration.