Are non-slip socks really ‘non-slip’? An analysis of slip resistance

Non-slip socks have been advised as a way of preventing unintentional falls because of slips. This examine compared the relative slip resistance of commercially available non-slip socks with other foot situations, namely bare toes, compression stockings and standard socks, to be able to determine any traction benefit.

Methods

Phase one concerned slip resistance testing of two commercially available non-slip socks and one compression-stocking sample through an unbiased blinded materials testing laboratory utilizing a Moist Pendulum Test.

Phase two of the examine concerned in-situ testing amongst healthy adult topics (n = three). Subjects stood unsupported on a variable angle, inclined platform topped with hospital grade vinyl, in a range of foot situations (naked toes, non slip socks for women-slip socks, conventional socks and compression stockings). Inclination was elevated incrementally for each situation until slippage of any magnitude was detected. The platform angle was monitored utilizing a spatial orientation tracking sensor and slippage point was recorded on video.

Results

Part one results generated by means of Wet Pendulum Test advised that non-slip socks didn’t offer higher traction than compression stockings. However, in phase two, slippage in compression stockings was detected on the lowest angles across all participants. Amongst the foot conditions tested, barefoot conditions produced the highest slip angles for all members indicating that this foot situation provided the highest slip resistance.

Conclusion

It is evident that bare toes present higher slip resistance than non-slip socks and due to this fact might signify a safer foot condition. This examine didn’t discover whether traction provided by bare toes was comparable to ‘optimal’ footwear corresponding to shoes. However, previous studies have associated barefoot mobilisation with increased falls. Therefore, it is recommended that each one patients proceed to be inspired to mobilise in appropriate, well-fitting shoes whilst in hospital. Limitations of this study in relation to the testing method, participant group and pattern dimension are discussed.