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Wear Socks During Exercise

Most hockey players and figure skaters, and many runners, do not wear socks when they compete.

You wear socks to keep our shoes from smelling and to make the shoes fit snugly. When you exercise, sweat, bacteria and old skin collect in your socks. Then you wash the socks to rid them of rotting skin and bacteria so they don't smell. If you don't wear socks, sweat, bacteria and dead skin accumulate in your shoes, where bacteria ferment skin to cause a horrible odor. You wear socks to keep shoes from smelling.

Skates should allow very little movement of feet inside to improve control of the blades. So many skaters do not wear socks because they allow feet to move more freely inside skates. Some runners refuse to wear socks, while others prefer them because they can help to prevent friction that causes blisters from rough spots in shoes rubbing against your feet.

Checked 8/9/08

May 12th, 2013
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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