Is This the Sock of the Future?

The inventor claims that memory foam socks will be the answer to your foot-pain woesAfter working 80-hour weeks on his feet and experiencing excruciating foot pain, a Florida man has invented what he is calling “the sock of the future.”

Back in 2007, Uganda Williams lost his job and took on two new positions—one at McDonald’s and one at Dollar General—to make ends meet. Unfortunately, both these jobs required him to stand all day long, and his feet bore the brunt of his positions.

Knowing how many people were in the same boat, Williams developed a product called FootGlove Performance Footwear, a memory-foam compression sock that lets people experience the type of relief provided by insoles and orthotics even when they aren’t wearing their shoes!

Of course, as a podiatrist, I'm skeptical of any product that claims to be able to replace a custom orthotic, which gives the ideal support for your anatomy by being molded to the exact form of your foot...but hey, that's just me.

Williams, on the other hand, is pushing forward with development, planning to fund it with his newly-launched Kickstarter campaign, which allows supporters to purchase the socks at a hefty discount once product becomes readily available.

So what do you think, guys? Are you into mini-mattresses for your feet? Let me know in the comments!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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