Fall is in the air, and that means changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and maybe a runny nose or two.
The changing season is always a good time to focus on our health from head to toe.
Speaking of toes…
It turns out socks are a really big deal when it comes to our health. Did you know that the feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands and excrete as much as a half-pint of moisture a day? It’s important to find the right socks to help protect your feet. Wearing shoes without socks keeps your feet in a moist environment that turns into a breeding ground for bacteria, blisters, and plantar warts.
Got chilly feet at night?
Socks can also assist with a better night’s sleep. The National Sleep Foundation reports that warming up your feet before bedtime sends a signal to your brain that it's time for some quality shut-eye. Warming up your feet causes vasodilation, or the dilation of blood vessels, that helps distribute heat throughout your body. And if you're having trouble getting to sleep, socks can actually shorten the time it takes to doze off.
Are your socks supporting your lifestyle?
Improve your health while focusing on finding comfortable socks that support your lifestyle. A blend with a high cotton concentration allows for breathability, but the addition of synthetic fibers like acrylic, nylon, polyester, and spandex helps wick away moisture. Make sure your socks offer a little cushion to support your active lifestyle along the way. There is a caveat. If your feet are especially sensitive or have skin allergies, an all cotton sock can alleviate the discomfort.
Are you living in a cold climate or are planning on some winter hiking?
More expensive fibers like merino wool absorb up to 30% of its weight in water and keep feet relatively dry without itching. Merino wool socks are also thicker, warmer, and mysteriously don’t smell after a day of hiking or other physical activity. They’re the dream team of socks for fitness enthusiasts during winter sports and recreation.
Beyond the fabric you choose, some socks offer just the right pressure on your ankles and legs to help the blood flow towards your heat and boost circulation. Choose compression socks to reduce pain, swelling, and muscle fatigue at the same time. These magical socks apply just the right amount of pressure to your legs to help boost the blood back to your heart. Even if you don't have a condition that requires compression socks, like vein diseases, they can still help. Grab a pair if you sit all day at a desk or travel long distances on planes and trains to avoid blood clots and poor circulation. Your health (and feet) will thank you for it.
So there you have it! Socks are serious business for your health, but no one said they need to be boring. We're big fans of socks that are full of personality while keeping your feet in tip-top shape. Casual, cotton blend socks are fun and comfortable to wear, like our Fall collection and spooktacular Halloween socks. We also offer a selection of athletic and compression socks. Check out our latest selection of socks now!
Happy shopping! Your feet deserve it.
~ The Dream Team at Absolute Socks