Foot Care Tips: The Wrong Socks Could Cause You Foot Problems

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Mar 30, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Blue_SocksAre you experiencing foot pain that just won’t go away? You probably already know the importance of choosing the right kind of footwear for your feet. Wearing shoes that don’t fit can cause you foot problems. However, did you know that choosing the right type of socks to wear is important too?

We came across this article that discusses what to look for when choosing the type of socks you wear. Even though the article is targeted to runners, it also applies to anyone who is wearing socks and shoes.

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Choosing the Right Socks for Running



Having the right amount of padding is an important quality in running socks, and personal preference plays a huge role in this decision. Some runners prefer very thin socks, which allow for a better shoe fit. Thin socks are also ideal for runners who feel that thick socks are too bulky or tight. However, some runners need that extra cushioning to support the heel and ball of the foot.

Regardless of the padding you select, you should always wear your preferred running socks when you go to try on new shoes. In some cases, a thick sock might require a slightly larger shoe size. Additionally, you need to ensure that your shoe and sock combination is a comfortable fit.


The fabric composition of your running socks can play a huge role in your foot comfort. Cotton socks might seem like a comfortable and natural option, but socks with a great deal of cotton tend to absorb moisture and contribute to the formation of blisters. Acrylic and polyester blends prevent moisture accumulation. If you run in the cold, you might also consider a blend of wool and nylon to keep your feet warm and dry.


The wrong sock size can lead to foot and ankle discomfort. If the sock is too long, friction within the shoe can cause blisters. Additionally, long socks can bunch around the toes and ankle, creating two areas of discomfort. A short sock can restrict toe movement, which can negatively impact your run. Short socks can also slip down into your shoe to create discomfort.


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Since the type of socks you wear have an effect on the way your shoes fit, it’s crucial you select shoes that fit your feet properly. Otherwise, you set yourself up for foot problems. This is especially true if you’re a woman who constantly wears high heels or a runner who exercises excessively. The most common foot problems you might be faced with are:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel pain
  • Arch pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Toenail fungus
  • Ankle injuries

A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can recommend the best treatment option for foot problems causing you pain, some of which are new and revolutionary including:

  • Minimally invasive surgery – a procedure done my making a small incision or no incision at all, and doesn’t require stitches
  • HyProCure – an alternative to custom orthotics
  • Stem Cell Therapy – a treatment that uses stem cells to repair damaged tissue

Selecting the proper socks and footwear that supports your feet and fits them comfortably can keep your foot pain from getting worse or prevent it in the future. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. For more information contact a New York podiatrist below for a free consultation about your foot problems.

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Topics: foot problems, foot pain