Stockings to Socks

The next couple of centuries saw stockings longer or shorter according to changing fashions – anywhere from mid-calf to knee to mid-thigh. They also featured different colors, decorations, and patterns. German and Swiss gentlemen liked to wear clothes with slashes to show off their brightly colored hose underneath. Spanish gentlemen wore knitted stockings made of silk with embroidered emblems. In the late 17th century, cotton appeared on the scene and became a popular choice for socks. Up until this time, men’s hose had been called stockings, and it was only when men’s pants became longer, and stockings became shorter, that stockings came to be known as socks.

A Variety of Sock Materials

The next significant sock innovation involved the use of nylon which was invented in 1938. Nylon provided strength and elasticity and was perfect for socks. In fact socks today are often still blended with nylon. Nowadays, you’ll find socks for men and women made from wool, cotton, nylon, polypropylene, polyester, spandex, and more. You don’t have to settle for dull socks – you can find socks in brighter colors, bold patterns, and amusing designs. There are even socks made with filaments that light up. One final sock fact – the town of Datang (aka Sock City) in China produces eight billion pairs of socks every year – that’s two pairs for every person on the planet!

The Importance of Wearing the Right Socks

Not wearing the right socks, especially for certain sports, or wearing badly-fitting socks, can result in a variety of foot problems. Because socks provide cushioning between your skin and your shoes, socks can either prevent or cause friction. Friction may lead to skin irritation and sometimes injury. If you have any type of foot problem that may or may not be related to the socks you wear, come see Rocky Mountain Foot & Ankle. We will diagnose your problem and also give you advice on the right socks.

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If you're seeking the help of an experienced podiatrist you owe it to yourself to speak with our doctors as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.
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