April is Foot Health Awareness Month
The Foundation of our Lives
Our feet do way more than carrying us from Point A to Point B. They support our entire body weight over the course of our very busy days, they keep us balanced and stable. They keep us moving forward. And that’s the goal, right?
46 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints and 250,000 sweat glands make up our feet. That’s quite the team if you think about it. All that working in unison to ensure we can take our dogs on walks or go for a run on the beach or take a long hike with our beloved.
We don’t always consider whether our feet are healthy until they are no longer working in ideal unison but the reality is that plenty could go wrong. Hammertoes, blisters, bunions, corns, calluses, heel spurs, claw and mallet toes, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, and athlete’s foot are all issues you may experience on a bad foot day.
Foot pain can also indicate systemic health issues you may not be privy to- anything from diabetes to hyperthyroidism.
Sockwell Socks designs entire lines to solve problems you may be having with your feet. The Specialty Sock collection includes socks specially created for people suffering from bunions, plantar, metatarsal pain or diabetes. While we always recommend you seek a professional medical opinion should you have concerns about your health, we’ve also taken the time to WebMD our way through when you might consider purchasing a pair of Sockwell’s Specialty Socks.
A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. Sounds really pleasant, right? It forms whenever your big toe pushes against your next toe forcing the joint of your big toe to get larger and stick out. You’ll see a bulging bump on the outside of the base of your big toe, and usually some swelling or redness. You’ll likely feel pain and may even experience decreased movement of your big toe or foot.
What can you do to counteract the progress of a bunion? You might consider changing shoes to a pair that allows plenty of space for your toes or you could pad, tape, or splint your toe in a normal position to alleviate pain. Pain medicine and cortisone injections are the next steps, and ultimately you may end up having surgery if the pain continues.
But surgery is the absolute last resort. Sockwell Socks created a sock to help you manage your symptoms without going under the knife. The Bunion Relief Socks are made with a split toe- as in your big toe is separated from your other four little piggies. Additionally, the big toe pocket is padded in the area most common for bunions. In both knee and ankle height, these socks are made with the same high-quality wool and high-tech compression you expect from a Sockwell Sock.
Plantar Fasciitis Relief
Plantar fasciitis is a painful disorder in which the tissue that connects the ball of the foot to the heel, the fascia, becomes inflamed. Symptoms include a stabbing pain near the heel. Ouch!
Some of the causes of this miserable condition include straining your plantar fascia, or having a weakened, swollen, or inflamed plantar fascia. It can happen to anyone at any age or state in life.
You could be at higher risk if you excessively pronate when you walk- which means you roll your feet inward too much when you walk. You are also at higher risk if you have high arches or flat feet, you walk or stand on hard surfaces for extended periods of time, you are overweight, you wear shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out, or you have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.
A definite sign that you might have a plantar fasciitis issue is if you experience pain when you take your first few steps after getting out of bed or sitting for a long time. Sockwell Socks created a fantastic solution for your aches and pains with their Plantar Ease socks. Made with firm plantar and ankle support these socks are intended to relieve some of the stress and strain from having an overworked plantar fascia.
Metatarsalgia is a common overuse injury indicated by pain at the end of one or more of the metatarsal bones. You may have heard it called a “stone bruise” The pain is typically aggravated when walking or running. Athletes who participate in high impact activities are prone to this condition, but it can happen to anyone who applies too much stress to the ball of the foot.
One of the best ways to prevent metatarsalgia is by wearing proper footwear. That means shoes that are the right size and feature a wide toe-box. It’s also important to consider if the shoe has arch support or cushioned insoles.
Again, Sockwell is here to save the day with their Meta Cushion and Meta Soothe Specialty Socks. In a knee high and calf height option, these socks feature extra padding in the metatarsal region or ball of the foot. Diabetic Friendly
Diabetes socks are intended to protect feet from injury. Most diabetic friendly socks will be soft, provide padding on the sole of the foot, and should conform to the foot and leg without wrinkles. These socks protect the skin but don’t improve circulation. For compression, you’ll have to check out Sockwell’s classic Circulator Socks.
Multiple styles are created to be considered diabetic friendly, but they all share the common goal of being low impact and non-abrasive.
In honor of National Foot Health Awareness Month we here at SockwellSocks.com encourage you to treat your tootsies to a new pair of socks, the deluxe pedicure, or a new pair of cute and comfortable shoes. Your feet work hard and deserve some tender loving care.