Stockings: Choosing Wisely for Healthy Feet

For many women, stockings are an essential part of their daily business wear. But did you know that choosing the wrong stockings can put your feet at risk for a variety of problems? If you regularly wear nylon pantyhose, you could be exposing yourself to fungal infections like Athlete’s Foot, as well as ingrown toenails and hammertoes.

The problem with nylon pantyhose is that they don’t allow for proper ventilation of the foot. The heat that nylon generates and traps can lead to excessive perspiration, creating a warm, damp environment that promotes the growth of fungus. Athlete’s Foot is a common fungal infection that can cause itching, burning, and a rash on the feet.

In addition to fungal infections, nylon pantyhose can also cause forefoot problems. As you walk, your foot naturally expands and contracts to accommodate your movement. However, cheap nylon pantyhose can restrict the normal expansion of the foot, and may even pull the toes backward if the pantyhose ride up. This can contribute to ingrown toenails and hammertoes, conditions that can be painful and require treatment by a podiatrist.

If you absolutely must wear pantyhose, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk. First, make sure that your pantyhose fit properly around the foot. Avoid stockings that are too tight or too loose, as both can cause problems. Limit the length of time you wear them whenever possible, and wash them after every use, just like socks.

You can also choose to wear stockings made from breathable materials, such as cotton or bamboo. These fabrics allow for better ventilation of the foot, which can reduce the risk of fungal infections and other foot problems.

If you’re experiencing foot pain or other symptoms related to wearing stockings, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist. Dr Gilbert Huang DPM is an experienced foot and ankle specialist who can help you assess your risk of foot problems related to stockings, and provide treatment as needed. Don’t live with foot pain – make an appointment today to take care of your feet and keep them healthy for years to come.