Best Summer Socks To Keep You Cool

Best summer socksTransitioning into the warmer weather means switching out of boots and into airy sandals. However, for those sporty days you need the right socks. And of course no one likes sweaty feet!  Which is why breathable socks are a must. Many of us make sure to choose the easier and breezier fabrics for our shirts to help reduce underarm perspiration when it’s hot out, but feet need love too. Especially because this is one of the more dangerous areas for sweat to accumulate.

If too much sweat is trapped on your feet for too long because your socks or shoes don’t allow enough air to pass through, it could actually lead to some pretty uncomfortable situations. That dark, warm, and damp environment is ideal for bacteria and fungi to grow and thrive. Eventually, your feet could develop skin rashes, yeast infections, athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and warts. So to make sure your feet can breathe better on days when socks are a must, here are seven of the best pairs to sport when the weather is warm.

1. Go With Wool

It may sound counterintuitive to wear wool socks on a hot summer day, but more and more outdoor experts understand this natural fiber’s benefits, especially when it comes from merino sheep, a breed common in New Zealand.

Miraculously, the same tiny crimped merino wool fibers that keep you warm in winter also cool you in sweaty conditions through the process of “evaporative cooling.” They act as perfect little wicks to pull moisture off your skin, move it across the face of the fabric, and expose it to the outside air, where it can evaporate quickly. These wicks make wool a better moisture manager than many other fabrics.

In response, merino wool is ideal for those long summer days or hot hikes that will get your feet perspiring. What’s more, the material also keeps odors to a minimum and is extremely stretchy, staying snug against your foot without bunching up in the toe or heel. When combined with synthetics, it has greater wicking properties, keeps your feet dry, and even airs out quickly if that puddle ends up being deeper than you thought.

2. Avoid Cotton

Even though cotton is a cool, soft material, it quickly drenches your feet in sweat. Once this happens, don’t expect them to dry quickly, either.

When it comes to warm-weather activities like long walks or hiking, experts say to avoid anything labeled “100% cotton,” as this combination absorbs rather than wicks away sweat, gives no insulation, and, while lightweight, rubs against your skin to create blisters.

This isn’t to say you should completely stay away from anything with cotton in it. The lighter feel proves to be an asset in hot and wet conditions, so, instead, look for a sock with a low percentage of cotton.

3. Go Light

In summer heat, the average pair of feet sweats a shot-glass worth of water a day. To keep things cooler and to reduce perspiration, go with a lightweight sock. Though they’re thin, lightweight socks specifically built for hiking are still designed with extra cushioning in the heel and ball of your foot.

4. Sock Height

Warm weather makes you feel freer and that might mean going without socks at all to stay cool and fashionable. However this is not a good idea as you can damage the sensitive skin on your feet by rubbing inside your shoe, bring on funguses due to the dark dampness, and also wear out your shoes prematurely. It’s best to look for low cut socks that sit below the ankle or no show socks that give you the best of both worlds, and keep you cooler.

To help eliminate odor, bacteria and fungi, you might want to try the summer-friendly, thin “copper sole technology” sock by Aetrex. These comfortable dress or sport socks have been clinically proven and utilizes copper ions embedded in the yarn. Go to aetrex.com/women/aetrexcoppersocks for a wide selection to choose from.

Happy New Year and Happy Feet With Proper Foot Care

proper foot Care for the New YearThe year of 2018 is just around the corner. This may be the perfect time to start the new year with a self rewarding plan for your overall well-being. One great way to start is with with your fabulous and fearless feet. After all, they are daily responding to the call of duty in shoes, pumps or boots out there to bring you where you need to be.

You will be surprised to know your feet are literally supporting the weight you bring to them when stepping out into the world. When you step out and carry on with your daily life duties, you are asking your feet to respond accordingly. At the dawn of 2018, we feel it is important to bring to your attention some very important foot care tips, duties and reminders that will give you a better outlook for your overall well-being and beauty.

Foot Care for the New Year

Here is what you can do and set aside some time to do them:

  • Keep a foot pampering schedule–twice a month–to stay on track for massage, pedicure, oil/salt infused soak, exfoliation and close inspection for any oddities.
  • Be open to new technology in footwear to serve your feet better–without sacrificing
     style.
  • Try having a orthotic foot scan to determine your arch type, pronation and gait.

The Spring season is only a few months away which requires consistent foot care. This foot care will bring you with a head start in feeling and looking great when it is time to bring your feet out with a lighter and casual footwear.

Get this early head start with these easy Do’s and Don’ts:

– Do examine your feet daily after washing (always completely dry)

– Don’t let your feet become wet and cold for long periods

– Do wear socks that wick moisture away to keep your feet dry

– Don’t wear heavy socks that make your shoes too snug or tight

– Do moisturize daily, but not between toes (can cause fungus growth)

– Don’t ever cut cuticles (gently push them back)

– Do find shoes that don’t sacrifice comfort for looks (you can have both)

– Don’t wear anything that causes friction or discomfort

– Do trim nails straight across and file edges slightly

– Don’t cut calluses on your own (by doctor only)

– Do look for cushioned foot bed with arch support

– Do use pumice stone to gently remove hard skin after washing

– Don’t ignore chronic swollen feet and ankles (see your doctor)

For those family members and friends suffering from diabetes, remind them the importance of foot care awareness. It will prevent further possible complications.

Finally, keep in mind your feet take the weight of your whole body and go through a lot of wear and tear. By making them susceptible to injury, fatigue and infections will help your overall health. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, neglecting your feet can lead to unnecessary pain and other foot problems. Now it is the time to make an effort to keep your feet happy as 2018 is about to start.

Foot Care Tips for the Active Person

Although computers and games have become part of our lives, a large part of the population is still quite active. Amongst us, you will find the one’s who are very active like athletes and workout addicts. You will also find those who takes their regular walks and you will easily detect those who work tirelessly. A common denominator exist within these groups of people and its the lack of care of their own two feet. For the active person, feet are not a priority, until problems emerge.

In this article, we look at foot care tips for the active person.

Throughout the myriad of daily reminders to stay healthy by exercising, losing weight, and stop smoking, we rarely hear on proper foot care. The health of our feet is just as important as our other body parts like our back, for example.

When you reach the age of 50 years-old, most of us have already walked or ran  approximately 75,000 miles. That’s even better than most cars on the market too. Increasing the amount of miles walked in your lifetime can be more pleasant without pain associated to your feet like poor circulation, swollen feet, bad shoes, pronation and supination. Therefore, these foot care tips for the active person will certainly help you.

You should never neglect the health of your feet. usually, foot problems generates other problems elsewhere in your body. Complications resulting from poor health ranges from blisters and calluses to pulled muscles and arthritis. Your feet have smaller bones and a lot a soft tissues. When you overdo certain activities, combined with the careless approach to foot care, your feet developed bigger and longer-lasting problems.

Where Does Foot Care Start?

When you are an active individual, foot care start by what shoe you will wear for those activities. Having foot pain during a strenuous activity is normal and will occur. But the pain should be from fatigue and disappear quickly with rest. The foot pain you get during those activities should remind you to correct what’s causing it.

Start with the Right Shoes

We’ve talked about this before in other articles on FootRevitalize.com. getting the right running shoes for walking, jogging or running will avoid tons of issues with your feet short-term and long-term. In your shoes, you should feel comfortable. Your toes should not be squeezed together (shoe width) and they should not rub at the pointy end either. There has to be a bit of space for the toes to wiggle a bit.

You should also look at having the right support. Remember when we mentioned supination and pronation? A pair of shoes without the proper support will bring long term problems to your feet whether it is over-pronation or over supination. When your feet start rolling inward or outward, the risk of hurting your knees and eventually your back will be inevitable. Furthermore, your are also hurting your ankles and risk spraining them too.

Wear a Good Pair of Socks

Socks come in different sizes and colors. Some are looser and some are tight around your lower legs. We’ve talked in the past about compression socks. In our buyer’s guide for compression socks, we thoroughly recommend the read because it will tell you whether a compression sock is what you may need. I mention compression socks because a lot of active people will go for that option. Having a gradual compression will increase blood flow and reduce the leg swelling problem. Look for a sock that will bring more endurance of being on your feet.

Conduct Exercises Aimed For Your Feet

You are saying: “Yeah right…!” Did you know there are exercises you can do to strengthen your feet and your ankles? feet can also be stretched just like you stretch calves and hamstrings. Toes can be easily stretched sitting down after an activity by wiggling them up and down or even trying to spread them apart. Spreading your toes apart can help them naturally move into better alignment. You can also open the arch of your foot by bringing your toes back. Finally yoga poses can be a really great time to stretch and exercise your feet.

Take a Look At Your Feet Once In A While

Have a Look at Your FeetHow often do you stop and look at your feet? Probably you do them if you drop something on the ground…right? The truth is you must take the time to look at your feet. Your feet can tell you a lot of information by the color they appear, if they are swollen, misaligned, or have a lot of dry skin. Always make sure you have a daily look at them, particularly after an activity like a walk or run. You should never wait until your foot hurts to look at them.

Listen to Your Body

When it comes down to it, you know your body. If you’re doing something that causes pain, stop and try to figure out why. Don’t be afraid to try some new techniques and equipment to alleviate the issue, but also know when to call it quits and call in a healthcare professional. After all, the happier your feet are, the longer your adventures can be.

Jean Bertrand

Jean is the founder of Foot Revitalize and is the main contributor to Foot Revitalize. A runner and a serviceman, he has researched many foot issues and studies. Currently living in Canada, he enjoys writing about Foot Care for the benefit of its many readers.