Ten facts about socks, feet and homelessness
We are very grateful to Jennifer J. Spector, DPM, FACFAS (Cafengiu Podiatry and Sports Medicine, Marlton, NJ) for providing us with this feet and socks fact list. It was originally written for The Joy Of Sox® to highlight the need for new socks for the homeless, but Jen’s advice really applies to everyone’s feet! Thanks so much Jen!
1. According to the Mayo Clinic, in cold enough conditions, frostbite can occur in 30 minutes or less! Warm, well-fitting socks can prevent this for many people.
2. Moisture-wicking socks are especially important for those facing the summer heat and humidity. By pulling sweat away from the skin, conditions such as infections and blisters can be prevented.
3. Many bacteria and fungi thrive in warm, moist environments. Access to clean, dry socks can go a long way in avoiding foot infections.
4. Those with Diabetes especially need well fitting socks, preferably Diabetic socks without seams that can rub and cause blisters.
5. Did you know that Diabetic socks usually have invisible seams, and cause less friction on the skin? This can prevent skin injury, infection and even amputations.
6. One million Americans had Type 2 Diabetes in 2012. (American Diabetes Assoc.) Part of proper Diabetic foot care is access to appropriate sock wear. You can make a difference!
7. Poor circulation puts feet at risk every day. Proper socks can provide a simple, but important layer of protection between these feet and limb threatening conditions.
8. Clean, well-fitting socks are a vital part of keeping feet healthy! The impact is immediate and ongoing!
9. Wearing the right socks for the right activity can go a long way towards foot health. Those struggling with homelessness don’t have that option. But we can help!
10. Clean and well-fitting socks can be just as important as medication or insulin for those that deal with diabetes. Help save limbs by donating to The Joy of Sox!
We will be delving more into the relationship between foot health and the homeless population in subsequent posts.
So if you have a question about socks and feet and feet health just ask away!