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The Importance Of Wearing Socks And Hoisery

untitledThe average foot loses approximately a cup of moisture per day. Despite the number of showers one may take per day, perspiration contains significant bacteria. Inside your shoes is a warm, moist environment, perfect for any bacteria to breed. Wearing socks made of natural fibres may be helpful in minimising perspiration and breeding of bacteria, which may lead to infection. Your socks should be changed daily under normal circumstances, after sport, or twice daily if excessive sweating or infection occurs.

Synthetic fibres, such as nylon may exacerbate perspiration, especially in those individuals suffering from hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Socks and hosiery made of natural fibres such as cotton, woollen or bamboo is preferable. (Some of these socks may still contain a small amount of lycra or other synthetic material to allow for stretch and shape, but should be a minimum).

Another benefit of hosiery is providing a protective barrier between your skin and shoe. This is especially important in individuals suffering from neuropathy (a loss of sensation), Diabetes and poor circulation. Any break in the skin, such as blisters, splits between the toes or rub lesions, can all lead to secondary infection. Wearing of socks can minimise this friction, and potentially minimise infection. (Correct footwear fitting should also be considered).

Socks ideally should be sized according to your shoe or foot size. They should also not be tight at the top of your ankle. They should not draw your digits tightly together. Socks will also prevent some of the bacteria (and debris) from being absorbed by the shoe material which may later harbour bacteria.

NB: The above does not necessarily apply to vascular stockings or socks.

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