This Socks!!

No that wasn’t a typo, it is however a very bad pun.

But it does describe something interesting I discovered at the beginning of the week. I usually wear trainers to work and since moving to 2 shoes (which seems like a lifetime ago) I’ve been wearing cushioned low cut sports socks which I thought would add a little more padding around the heel. The problem I’ve only recently noticed is the band constricts around the ankle and tendon, wasn’t uncomfortable, just meant that at the end of the day I’d have a more noticeable limp than at the beginning of the day. I thought it was just my leg getting tired with all the walking I do, so the past couple of days I’ve been going through my usual routine with and without socks. Sounds silly, but without socks made a noticeable difference as there was no pronounced limp at the end of the day.

6 Comments so far

  1. marina on April 27th, 2010

    A couple of weeks after I was moved into 2 shoes, I bought myself a new pair of nike airmax trainers, because my heel was tired at the end of the day on my old ones. I used to wear low cut socks too, but the band marked the area around my heel and looked so big due to the abnormal blood circulation. I’ve tried all socks lengths, I tried fold them etc. Finally, I took some old normal athletic socks and cut the bands. This has worked for me pretty nicely, until my 4 months mark when my foot stopped swelling.

  2. mikek753 on April 27th, 2010

    I’m not in shoes yet
    but, I moved to long socks as short sock band was imprinted and as result I got more bump in tendon.

  3. marina on April 27th, 2010

    Long up until your knee? I’m not sure if that’s good on an already atrophied calf, especially if they are tight. Haven’t ever asked thought only.

  4. normofthenorth on April 27th, 2010

    Interesting suggestion, Dave! All of us who experience discomfort from having our healing foot “down”, and relief from having it “up”, are obviously experiencing some extra fluid pressure, which would show up as bands or marks or creases where socks are tight. But I’ve never considered the possibility that this affects our strength or performance before.

    If your recommendation works, then for the post-op crowd, there could be a tradeoff, if going sock-less means more friction between shoes and a still-sensitive incision area. . .

    BTW, a local radio show a few summers ago had a feature called “Wanted Words”, where the host and the listeners tried to suggest new words to describe phenomena that didn’t have a good name yet. One of my faves was the best name to describe the wrinkles that we sometimes wake up with after sleeping on a wrinkled pillowcase: “Sheet-Faced”! Maybe our ankles don’t like being Sheet-Faced. . .

  5. dave02 on April 28th, 2010

    I’ve actually taken Marina’s advice (Thank you!) and cut up some old sports socks so they cover the foot and provide the heel with some additional padding and not having the elastic putting constant pressure (though not uncomfortable) around the ankle and tendon. Personally I feel a lot more comfortable at the end of a long day, so we’ll see how things go with this little experiment.

  6. marina on April 29th, 2010

    Glad I could help Dave, and hope you do better day by day :-)

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