Socks are something that we wear almost everyday.
Because we are constantly exposed to them, you want them to be as comfortable as possible. Wouldn’t you agree?
However, one of the main things that might bother some people about their socks are the rubber elastics at the mouth of their sock.
There is a functional purpose of this rubber, which is to keep your socks up.
But, they do sometimes cause discomfort.
Today, we are going to focus on this “sock mouth rubber elastic” problem that some people face.
People Suffering from Sock Rubber
Lots of people dislike the stretchy rubber elastic located at the mouth of the socks.
Let’s look at some reasons why this rubber is disliked:
Why Do People Dislike the Rubber in the Mouth of Socks?
Rubber Marks on the Feet
The moment you take off your socks after wearing them for a long time is a feeling of liberation and comfort, but there are many people who are worried about the time they’re wearing their constricting socks.
When socks are tight, a mark of the rubber remains clearly on your ankle after taking off the socks.
Some people may not care if no one is looking at them at home, but sometimes it's embarrassing to see these rubber marks left clearly when you take off your socks in public or at someone’s home.
If you wear socks with a certain amount of rubber tightening, the marks will remain regardless of age.
However when you were young, the marks will disappear quickly, but with age, the elasticity takes longer to disappear due to the decrease in muscle mass.
Also, some people who find themselves prone to swelling, seem to suffer from rubber marks on their feet.
Due to the accumulation of waste products that cause swelling of the feet and poor blood flow, it is difficult to remove the marks on the rubber of the mouth.
Conversely, you may suspect that your feet may be chronically swollen if the sock marks take a long time to disappear.
People who have a lot of standing work, desk work, and people with poor circulation tend to have swelling of their legs, but chronic swelling may be a sign of illness such as issues with internal organs, so be careful.
Tightening Hurts and is Uncomfortable
People who tend to have swelling legs are more sensitive than usual and are more likely to feel stress due to the tightening of the mouth of the socks.
It is also possible that you have worn socks that do not fit your feet, so if you feel pain due to tightening, it may block blood flow and cause swelling, or it may lead to cold feet.
Itchy feet or Eczema
Have you ever felt itchy when you took off your socks?
The main cause of itching is thought to be that the skin of the foot is stimulated or stressed by tightening of the rubber mouth.
People with dry or sensitive skin may have redness or eczema.
Do You Really Need Rubber Sock Mouth in the First Place?
I introduced the problems that some people face with their socks.
So, why do you need rubber mouth in the first place?
That’s a good question.
The reason why the socks have rubber mouths:
I think you can probably guess, but it's to make it harder to slip.
It is the same as the rubber of the pants.
In this case, the answer to the question "Do you need really need the rubber in socks?"
The short answer seems to be it is necessary.
Quick Fixes to The Issue
So, here are 3 easy and quick fixes to wearing them comfortably:
1. Stretch Out the Rubber
This can be easily done by putting stretching out your socks onto something and leaving it overnight. For example, stretch out your (clean) socks over a mug and leave it overnight. You'll notice the rubber will become a lot less tight the next day.
2. Remove the Rubber
If stretching out the rubber doesn't work for you, you might want to try removing the rubber from the sock. This can be done by cutting off the top of the sock and hemming it. However, be warned that your socks might slip off if the rubber is completely gone.
3. Make a little cut at the top of your sock
Make a little incision at the top of your sock. This little snip should run downwards towards the bottom fo the sock. It'll loosen the tightness considerably.
So, what did you think?
Does the rubber of your sock bother you?
We’ve introduced a few reasons why some people might not like the rubber of socks.
But, luckily, the technology of socks is improving, so hopefully there will be a better alternative to rubber in socks!