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

Non-slip socks have been suggested as a method of preventing unintentional falls resulting from slips. This research compared the relative slip resistance of commercially available non-slip socks with different foot circumstances, namely naked feet, compression stockings and standard socks, with a purpose to determine any traction benefit.


Section one concerned slip resistance testing of two commercially available non-slip socks and one compression-stocking pattern via an independent blinded materials testing laboratory utilizing a Wet Pendulum Test.

Section of the research involved in-situ testing amongst wholesome adult topics (n = three). Topics stood unsupported on a variable angle, inclined platform topped with hospital grade vinyl, in a range of foot situations (naked toes, non-slip socks, typical 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 level was recorded on video.


Part one results generated via Moist Pendulum Test instructed that non slip socks for women-slip socks didn’t supply better traction than compression stockings. However, in part , slippage in compression stockings was detected at the lowest angles throughout all participants. Amongst the foot circumstances tested, barefoot conditions produced the highest slip angles for all individuals indicating that this foot condition supplied the highest slip resistance.


It is evident that naked toes present better slip resistance than non-slip socks and therefore may symbolize a safer foot condition. This research didn’t explore whether or not traction offered by bare feet was comparable to ‘optimum’ footwear corresponding to shoes. However, earlier research have associated barefoot mobilisation with increased falls. Subsequently, it’s suggested that every one sufferers proceed to be inspired to mobilise in acceptable, nicely-fitting shoes whilst in hospital. Limitations of this examine in relation to the testing method, participant group and sample size are discussed.