Why Do Kids’ Need To Wear Socks? Prevent Foot Issues!
Socks are meant to protect the feet and act as a barrier against irritation and infection. The importance of wearing socks is clear, since they play an important role in keeping our kids’ feet healthy. Fabric content and fit are essential for comfort inside the shoe. I always tell the parents that getting the right sock size has the same importance as getting the right shoe size.
If the shoes are fitted properly but your child is wearing a sock that is too small, this can create several foot problems. A sock that is too small won’t allow your kids’ toes to freely move, and might make your kids’ toes overlap each other. This can create friction and lead to calluses or corns. A sock that is too long will end up bunching up inside the shoe, causing your child discomfort every time he is walking or running.
Socks For Infants – Grippers Or No Grippers?
If your little one is walking barefoot around the house (as recommended for healthy foot development) he is going to need a pair of socks to protect his feet from the cold.
Have you noticed how some socks come with grippers in the bottom? A child should wear socks with grippers when he is NOT wearing the shoes. When a child is wearing his shoes, put socks that DON’T have grippers. You might be thinking, that is so silly! What difference is that going to make?
If your child is not wearing shoes, such as walking inside the house where is warm and cozy, socks should have grippers in the bottom which are great for little ones that are learning how to walk. The grippers help by making your child feel more stable and safe when walking. Please make sure the socks have grippers or your child might start face-planting on the floor with every couple of few steps. Allow your child to walk with confidence with gripper socks!
If your child is wearing shoes, then we DO NOT want grippers on socks.GRIPPERS SOCKS ARE ONLY MEANT FOR WALKING BAREFOOT AROUND THE HOUSE, THEY ARE NOT MEANT TO BE WORN WITH SHOES. The reason for this is that the grippers will stick to the bottom of the shoe, preventing the child’s foot and toes to freely move, which can create blisters on the toes. Babies like to move their toes a lot, that is their way of exercising their feet. They won’t be able to do this if they are wearing a shoe with a sock that doesn’t allow their toes to freely move.
If you don’t know what I mean by gripper socks, take a look at the picture below which shows a pair of kids’ socks with grippers on it:
I also recommend socks that are seamless, since they are great for children who struggle with “bumps & lumps”. I actually wrote a post about seamless socks if you are interested, they are really a life savior for those children who are sensitive and they hate the feel of the seams of the socks. If your child can’t stand how socks feel and keeps taking them off every time you put them on, DON’T WORRY, I will show you some magical socks. The post is called: Seamless Socks For Kids – Stop The Struggle Of Putting Socks On!
Why Does It Matter What Are Your Kids’ Socks Made Of?
Cotton and nylon is the best combination. Cotton allows the foot to breathe while the nylon gives strength and shape to the sock. Seamless socks are highly recommended for foot comfort and for children who have sensitive feet, another name for this type of sock is hand linked seams. Children love seamless socks! Parents that come to the shoe store I work for are always thanking me about how happy I made their children by showing them seamless socks.
What Is The Right Sock Size? – Get It Right!
Socks and shoes go hand in hand. In order to find the right pair of socks you must know your child shoe size. Do not pay attention at the “sock size” or “age guidelines.” Always look under shoe size in the socks tags. Take a look at the two pictures below for clarification.
The first picture shows a three sock pack that only seems to show us the “sock size” and the “age” of the child as a guideline of what size to get. However, if you turn the pack around (picture below), you will notice how one of the columns says “shoe size” (the one marked with a tick). That is the one you always want to refer to when buying socks for your kid if you want to get the correct sock size.
If a sock is too large,the excess should be folded up over the toes (not under the toes) since this will allow the socks to adjust to the proper fit as the foot moves inside the shoe. However, there is no reason for your child socks to be too large now that you know how to buy socks for kids!
Sometimes children will walk into the store to have their feet checked without wearing any socks. I always ask the parent if the child likes to wear socks with his shoes and if the answer is “no,” I proceed to explaining the importance of wearing socks with shoes. Socks separate our feet from the shoe and help avoid irritation, but they also help parents to realize if their children are sweating too much, and without socks be wouldn’t know that and they will be prone to getting fungus. Switch the socks twice a day if your child tends to sweat a lot.
What Are The Best Socks For Sweaty And Smelly Feet?
With your child in school all day and leading an active life, you want socks that wick away the moisture. Wicking simply means absorbing moisture. For kids and adults, UnderArmour is a great brand that runs in sizes child through adult, both genders. You may know of UnderArmour shirts, which famously wick away sweat. Their socks, while made of slightly different fibers, serve the same purpose, along with providing support where the foot needs it. However, AVOID UnderArmour shoes! They make the worst shoes for children when it comes to support and structure!
If you want to learn about the best shoes for children, I wrote a post you can probably benefit from reading called: The Best Kids Sneakers – Learn About The Best Shoes For Children Age 3 Through 10
Sweaty feet is an issue that spans all age groups. The best way to deal with sweaty – and in some cases—stinky feet is to wear proper socks. Even if your feet are not prone to sweating excessively, moisture on the skin can create myriad problems, such as blisters, the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and fungus, such as Athlete’s Foot. Moisture on the skin is also a problem during cold weather, as moisture pulls heat away from the skin at a significantly higher rate than air.
Synthetic socks are the WORST in that they do not absorb moisture nor allow the foot to properly breathe. A little synthetic fiber in your sock is not the end of the world, but I advise against synthetic materials if your feet sweat at any level of possible discomfort. Cotton is a wonderful fiber, however it does not absorb moisture as well as other fibers. The fibers that you can purchase socks in which absorb the most moisture, in order of absorption, are wool and merino. Below you can find a selection of the best kids’ socks that are seamless and breathable:
Were you aware about the important role that socks play when it comes to keeping our children feet healthy? Do you have a favorite brand of socks? Comment below so we can all benefit from YOUR experiences.