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Best Thermal Socks for Winter 2018

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Best Thermal Socks for Winter 2018

Thursday, 15 November 2018

With the cold of winter setting into the UK, we're all starting to feel that familiar bite of cold that starts in our fingers and toes, then works its way inward. To get through the winter, most of us have figured out ways to stop the cold in its tracks, and that means keeping your hands and feet as warm as possible. The feet are especially at risk, as they can feel even colder due to extra moisture, and can be even more vulnerable if you suffer from circulation issues or Raynaud's disease, so choosing the right pair of thermal winter socks is your first line of defence against the winter chills.

Thermal socks for cold feet in the winter
The right pair of thermal socks can be your first line of defence against the cold of winter

How to Choose the Warmest Socks for Cold Feet

When choosing the right thermal socks for you, it can seem like a good idea to go with the thickest option you can find. In reality, there are plenty of other things to look for in winter socks, such as the materials used, moisture-wicking capability and heat source, among others. Here's a short breakdown of what to look for to help you find the best socks this winter:

  • Thermodynamic Materials – More effective than simple thickness, the materials use can go a long way to keeping your heat in. Look for insulating materials like silver, copper fibres or fleece, as they will reflect the heat back onto your feet and prevent heat loss better than materials like cotton, ensuring you stay warmer for longer.
  • Moisture-Wicking for Dry Feet – Snow and rain can make the winter an especially wet time, and when your feet are wet, you've already lost the battle against cold feet. Look for socks with fast-drying fabrics and moisture-wicking capability, helping to keep your feet dry enough to stay warm.
  • Heat Source – While most thermal socks focus on keeping the heat of your feet in, socks for extreme cold with a heat source may be more reliable. Thermal socks with battery-powered heat can provide a powerful heat boost than can outdo standard winter socks.
  • Circulation – When circulation slows to your feet, your toes will start to feel cold and it can be hard to warm up again. Thermal socks that offer subtle compression can help to keep your blood flowing, which can go a long way to keeping you warm when the temperature drops.

Socks Infused with Thermodynamic Silver

Raynaud's Disease Deluxe 12% Silver Socks

Raynaud's Disease Deluxe 12% Silver Socks for winterWe'll start with a pair of socks we've trusted for years, and one that our customers come back for again and again. The Raynaud's Disease Deluxe 12% Silver Socks are infused with 12% natural silver fibre, helping to reflect your body's heat back onto your feet. They're excellent for preventing heat loss on cold days, which is why we suggest them as a top option for sufferers of Raynaud's disease. Made with combed cotton for comfort, these socks feature the antimicrobial properties of silver, which can help prevent foot odour, athlete's foot and skin irritation. For even more warmth, we offer these socks in a bundle with silver gloves to match.

Fleece-Lined, Quick-Drying Thermal Socks

Therm-IC Winter Insulation Socks

Therm-IC Winter Insulation SocksWinter in the UK can be wet, so picking up some socks that provide thermal warmth while keeping your feet dry is a great idea. The Therm-IC Winter Insulation Socks are an ideal option, made with a fleece-lined bouclette lining that keeps warm air close to your skin to provide a shielding barrier between your feet and the cold air outside. They're exceptionally soft and comfortable, and feature incredibly quick-drying 90% polyamide fabric to make sure your feet stay dry throughout the day.

Best Ski Socks for the Coldest Days

Sidas Performance Ski Socks

Sidas Performance Ski SocksA day on the ski slopes can present its own unique challenges, as allowing your feet to breathe can be just as important as keeping them warm. The Sidas Performance Ski Socks are excellent for regulating temperature, with a unique ventilation system that keeps your feet dry and wicks away moisture. They also maintain some great thermal properties with a fibre composition made up of plenty of warm, soft merino wool. To ensure they support you feet while skiing, they're designed with a differentiated-weave design that cushions the right areas to protect sensitive areas and pressure points.

Cosy, Silver-Infused Five-Toe Socks 

ToeToe Warming Silver Toe Socks

ToeToe Warming Silver SocksIf you find your feet getting smelly, uncomfortable or covered with blisters, the standard sock design might be doing you more harm than you realise. ToeToe Warming Silver Toe Socks are thermal socks with a five-toe design, separating the toes to eliminate bacteria build-up, get rid of odour and prevent all between-toe friction that leads to blisters and discomfort. Infused with silver to prevent heat loss, these cosy socks may just change the way you view socks forever, as many who try five-toe socks never go back to the conventional design again.

Compression and Copper for Circulation and Warmth

Warm Short Copper Compression Socks

Warm Short Copper Compression SocksPreventing heat loss in the same way as silver, copper fibres are a great way to trap your body's heat, and are used by NASA and some of the world's leading armies when keeping warm is a must. The Warm Short Copper Compression Socks are infused with plenty of copper fibre, and feature an even-compression design to help to stimulate blood circulation in your feet to help them stay warm when the weather gets cold. Great for arthritis and Raynaud's these socks are also available in a long version to provide warmth all the way up your calves.

Battery-Powered Socks for Powerful Heating

Sidas Pro heated Socks Set

Sidas Pro Heated Socks Set battery powered socksAll of the socks we've mentioned so far are great at keeping your heat in so your feet stay warm, but it's hard to beat battery-powered heat for reliability and pure warmth. The Sidas Pro Heated Socks Set is great for when standard socks just won't cut it, featuring high-performance heating elements in the sole to provide heat for up to 14 hours at a time! Warming you from the soles up, these socks are made with a blend of wool and technical fibres, providing comfort while removing moisture and perspiration to provide unrivalled warmth. If you don't want to take chances this winter, these socks are a guaranteed way to keep your feet cosy and warm in any weather.

Warmest Socks for Extreme Cold

On the coldest of cold days, you'll be glad you took a little extra time to select your socks, and these are all great options to get the job done. Whatever your preference, we're confident in the results these socks provide, as they've already helped plenty of our customers get out and enjoy the winter, and curl up cosy at home.

If you're looking for some more ways to stay warm throughout the winter months, there are plenty of options available at Health and Care. To see for yourself, take a look at our Heating and Warmth section, or for targeted relief, browse our selection of Hand Warmers or Leg and Foot Warmers!

Do you have any questions about these products, or one of our other heating products for the hands and feet? Let us know in the comments, or find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

While neck pain can happen to anyone, neck pain resulting from poor posture is made much more likely if you suffer from arthritis. Since arthritis can drastically increase your risk of joint damage and pain as a result of poor posture, making sure your head and neck are in the right position while you sleep becomes more important than ever. Luckily, with our Best Arthritis Pillows of 2018, you'll be able to ensure your head and neck stay in the right position to manage your arthritis throughout the night.

Thursday, 8 November 2018
How to Sleep with Tinnitus

Tinnitus should be thought of more seriously than it already is, as if you're a sufferer you'll be aware of the problems that it can cause. Tinnitus is different for every sufferer: for some it's a nuisance, and for others it's a blight on life that even disrupts normal conversations and watching TV. At night, it causes sleepless nights that lead to stress, anxiety and other mental health problems. We decided to find out just How to Sleep with Tinnitus, ensuring that, in time, you can sleep soundly again.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Best No-Tie Shoelaces

When most of us think of shoes that don't require tying, we think of Velcro shoes for children, or a pair or slip-on loafers, but what if that same level of convenience could be added to more types of shoes? On top of that, what if the added convenience came with a better fitting shoe, making your shoes more comfortable all day long? The fact is that these are both realities of our no-tie compression laces, and we've compiled the Best No-Tie Shoelaces in this short article!

Friday, 2 November 2018
Using Heat in Physiotherapy

Targeted heat is not only soothing and comforting on cold winter days, but can also be beneficial for treating a range of conditions. Though less popular than its trendy cousin, cold therapy or cryotherapy, heat therapy is just as suitable for soothing muscles after intense exercise, helping to improve the flexibility of joints and ligaments, and relieving pain. Read on to learn how you can use heat in your everyday life to relieve pain and discomfort.

Thursday, 1 November 2018
Benefits of Moxibustion Therapy

There are many types of alternative therapies that are supposedly beneficial to your skin and your health. The latest trend is moxibustion therapy, a form of heat therapy in which moxa (a dried and pulverised version of the plant mugwort), is burned on or very close to the surface of the skin. This short article explains the Benefits of Moxibustion Therapy, describing how and why it's becoming increasingly popular across the UK.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Introducing Evacuscape Evacuation Chairs: Designed with Comfort and Efficiency

An emergency chair should be a must-have for any building that doesn't have an acceptable evacuation method in place for those with reduced mobility. Evacuation chairs are designed to help people evacuate a building quickly, even if they usually require a wheelchair or any other mobility equipment. While we sell many evacuation chairs here at Health and Care, not many have caught the eye as quickly as the two new chairs from Evacuscape, the EC1 and the EC2.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Best Warmers for Cold Hands and Feet

The cold of winter is never far away, and with it comes the inevitable scourge of cold, numbing hands and feet on your walks, commutes, and even around the home. Sometimes it can feel like having cold hands and feet is unavoidable, but we here at Health and Care are on a mission to dispel that myth. We've had our experts put together a list of the Best Warmers for Cold Hands and Feet, keeping you toasty and warm all winter long!

Monday, 29 October 2018
Best Heat Pads for Shoulder Pain

When your shoulder pain is caused by poor posture, over-straining either during exercise or repetitive work, or general muscle fatigue, heat therapy can be highly beneficial in relieving you from pain and discomfort. Whether you're new to the world of heating pads, or know exactly what you're looking for, the choice can be overwhelming. This is why we've put together this list of suggestions for some of the Best Heat Pads for Shoulder Pain.

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The Best Amplified Phones for the Deaf & Hard Of Hearing

Your phone is often your main link to your family and loved ones, so when it rings, you need to be able to take notice and make contact. For the hearing impaired, this can be difficult, as standard ringer and receiver volumes are often too low and are not compatible with hearing aids. To solve this problem, Health and Care's experts have put together their list of the Best Amplified Phones for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, making frustrating phone conversations a thing of the past!

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