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

Non-slip socks have been prompt as a way of stopping unintended falls as a consequence of slips. This examine compared the relative slip resistance of commercially available non-slip socks with other foot circumstances, namely naked feet, compression stockings and standard grip socks, in order to decide any traction benefit.


Section one involved slip resistance testing of two commercially available non-slip socks and one compression-stocking sample through an independent blinded supplies testing laboratory utilizing a Moist Pendulum Test.

Section of the study involved in-situ testing amongst wholesome adult subjects (n = 3). Topics stood unsupported on a variable angle, inclined platform topped with hospital grade vinyl, in a range of foot situations (bare toes, non-slip socks, conventional socks and compression stockings). Inclination was elevated incrementally for every situation till slippage of any magnitude was detected. The platform angle was monitored utilizing a spatial orientation tracking sensor and slippage point was recorded on video.


Part one results generated through Wet Pendulum Test advised that non-slip socks didn’t provide better traction than compression stockings. Nevertheless, in part two, slippage in compression stockings was detected on the lowest angles throughout all participants. Amongst the foot circumstances tested, barefoot conditions produced the highest slip angles for all contributors indicating that this foot condition supplied the highest slip resistance.


It is evident that bare ft provide higher slip resistance than non-slip socks and due to this fact might represent a safer foot condition. This study didn’t explore whether or not traction offered by bare toes was comparable to ‘optimal’ footwear similar to shoes. Nonetheless, earlier research have related barefoot mobilisation with elevated falls. Due to this fact, it’s advised that every one patients continue to be encouraged to mobilise in applicable, well-fitting sneakers whilst in hospital. Limitations of this examine in relation to the testing technique, participant group and sample dimension are discussed.