It’s true that the wrong kind of socks can cause discomfort. Socks with thick, raised seams can rub your feet if your shoes are too tight, giving you blisters or hot spots on your feet. If your socks aren’t fitting properly and bunching inside your shoes, that could cause some pain as well. Make sure that you’re wearing appropriate socks for your various activities. You wouldn’t wear thick wool hiking socks with your dress shoes just like you wouldn’t wear thin dress socks to play basketball. Wearing appropriate-fitting socks and shoes should help alleviate any pain you’re feeling, though it’s possible that your foot pain may be due to something other than socks. I recommend seeing a podiatrist to find out.
I’ve been working on construction sites for the last eight or nine years. I’ve been having some serious foot pain recently and I think it’s time to try an orthotic. Is there a big difference between the orthotics?
There is an orthotic designed for each type of shoe you might have. If you’re on a construction site, you won’t want to get the orthotics that is designed to fit in dress shoes. The orthotics designed for athletic shoes would be a better choice for you since you’re on your feet more and you need a shoe with full foot support. With a stabilized heel cup and firm support, you’ll have a more secure foundation than with a dress orthotic, which doesn’t run the entire length of your shoe.