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Aug 22

Written by: Larry Huppin, DPM
8/22/2011 1:06 PM

You can help ensure that your patients are comfortable in their AFOs, both the Stabilizer AFO and the Functional AFO, by providing education as to the type of socks that they should use with their AFO. Features to look for on the sock to work well with an AFO include:

  • The sock should come up above the level of the top of the brace. I usually recommend a knee-high sock for use with AFOs.
  • Avoid cotton. Cotton has a high coefficient of friction. We want to recommend a sock with the low coefficient of friction. Most of the acrylic socks fit this criteria.
  • Socks that are somewhat thicker than average will provider greater cushion.
Many of the socks advertised as being made for diabetics fit the criteria described above. Often they also provide a little bit of compression.

There are number of brands that provide such socks. These include Thor-Lo, Smooth Toe, Jobst, Aetrex, Smart Wool, and others.

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