Did you know that over half of the bones in your body are in your feet and hands? Although your feet have one bone less than your hands, 26 to be exact, it has been argued that your feet actually contain far more nerve endings than your hands do. We are all very careful about taking care of our hands and keeping them warm because we see them and use them for every tactile need. Many people overlook their feet.
Typical advice on foot care seems to be dominated by a reactive approach. You carefully pack your first aid kit to include things like bandages, gauze, duct tape and mole skin patches. While these injury care items are essential, a mindset toward preventative care is much better.
Just think about how much thought you put into taking care of your hands. If your fingers get cold, wet, bruised, or begin to blister you immediately stop and correct the issue. With our feet we seem to plod along and ignore the cold toes, wet socks, hot spots and irritations as though they can be dealt with later at a more convenient time.
You might think all of this can be solved by an expensive pair of custom fitted shoes, but the greatest shoes in the world will still destroy your feet if you don't wear the proper socks. That’s right, socks! Socks are probably the most overlooked and least thought about parts of your outdoors experience.
Aside from the puddles, creeks, and slushy snow you dunk your feet into on your hike, your feet will create their own moisture simply from walking. It can lead to serious problems like erythrosis, cyanosis or even necrosis (Trench foot). Most people don’t know that frostbite can actually occur at temperatures as high as 60° Fahrenheit. Hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet) causes a chain reaction of problems. The correct socks are your first line of defense.
Keep your feet dry by selecting high performance moisture wicking socks. This technology in socks draws the moisture away from your skin and keeps them dry and free of irritation. The last thing you want is water soaked feet rubbing inside your shoes on a long hike. Give your feet some love with these selections:
• Our most popular socks!
• Includes 4 pair of super soft merino wool sport socks
• Does not itch like normal wool
• Wicks away sweat and moisture
• Keeps your feet warm
• Great for trail walking or riding, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling
• Colors: 1 Pair Navy Blue, 2 Pair Blue/Gray, 1 Pair Brown
• Cushioned throughout and reinforced from heel to toe
• Naturally odor resistant for life of sock
• Lycra® arch brace for fit and support
• Toe seam is smoothe for added comfort
• 71% Merino Wool / 21% Nylon / 7% Polyester / 1% Lycra Spandex
There was a time when your only options were low grade wool or cotton, but today you have fantastic options when it comes to socks. Fleece polypropylene, acrylic blended wool, and merino wool socks provide a plush feel with all the moisture wicking benefits you need. Most of these varieties are made with comfortable toe seams, cushioned heels and toes, Lycra supported arches, and a choice of colors to match your apparel.
Before you go skiing, hiking, snowmobiling or even sitting outside by the fire – take care of those unsung heroes you call feet. They’ll love you for it!