Why running socks are as important as your shoes

Running can put a lot of stress on your feet. Most runners will agree that your choice of footwear will make a huge difference to your endurance, joint protection and ability to recover after a long or difficult run.  

 

What is often overlooked, is the importance and worth of running socks. It’s been said before and it’s true: why buy an expensive pair of running shoes and then wrap your feet in low-quality socks? Socks have a surprising role in supporting a runner, especially through longer distance races. 

 

Reducing movement 

 

If you’ve ever worn cheap socks, you might recall the feeling of slipping and sliding in your shoes, even while walking. Higher quality running socks can provide additional grip that stabilises your feet inside your shoes. The reduction in movement reduces friction, which means fewer painful blisters. 

 

Moisture wicking 

 

Speaking of blisters, there’s a lot that technical running socks can do to prevent them. Using a double layer of fabric in the socks reduces movement but also draws sweat and moisture away from the skin. When the skin remains relatively dry and has less friction to irritate the skin, blisters are far less likely to occur.  

 

Additional cushioning 

 

While your mileage may vary on this point, some runners swear by their socks to provide additional padding and cushioning around high impact areas like heels, balls of feet and toes. Every little bit might help on uneven trails or hard surfaces. 

 

Additional joint support 

 

Some running socks provide extra support by creating a firm weave around the ankle area that extends to the top of the socks. If you’re prone to weakness in your ankle joints but don’t want to be restricted by support bandages or wraps, a strategic sock choice might make the difference for you. 

 

Some people suspect that running socks are a novelty item, but modern technical advances makes us think there are benefits to be found. It certainly won’t hurt to trial a pair on your next training run.  It is worth checking out Enertor’s Energy run socks, made with advanced materials and clever construction techniques.

 

About Enertor Advanced Technology Insoles –  Enertor insoles are designed to prevent a number of common running injuries and provide more comfort. Designed by leading podiatrists to reduce your risk of injury,  the unique design features support your foot throughout training.  Enertor insoles are enhanced by D3O impact protection technology, which means they can provide more shock absorption than any other insole.  Our expertise, combined with the patented D3O shock absorption technology, enables Enertor to deliver the most advanced injury prevention insoles on the market today.

Enertor insoles are available to buy from our online shop .

Whilst Enertor has over 18 years Orthotics experience, our blog content is provided for informational purposes only and it is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical advice. Enertor advises anyone with an injury to seek their own medical advice – and do not make any health or medical related decisions based solely on information found on this site.

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