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

Non-slip socks have been prompt as a way of preventing accidental falls resulting from slips. This research compared the relative slip resistance of commercially available non-slip socks with other foot situations, namely bare ft, compression stockings and conventional socks, to be able to decide any traction benefit.


Section one concerned slip resistance testing of commercially available non-slip socks and one compression-stocking pattern by an impartial blinded materials testing laboratory using a Moist Pendulum Test.

Section two of the research concerned 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 conditions (naked toes, non-slip socks, typical socks and compression stockings). Inclination was elevated incrementally for every situation until slippage of any magnitude was detected. The platform angle was monitored using a spatial orientation tracking sensor and slippage level was recorded on video.


Section one outcomes generated through Wet Pendulum Test instructed that non slip socks for women-slip socks didn’t supply better traction than compression stockings. Nevertheless, in section , 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 individuals indicating that this foot situation provided the highest slip resistance.


It’s evident that bare toes provide higher slip resistance than non-slip socks and therefore might represent a safer foot condition. This research didn’t explore whether or not traction provided by bare ft was comparable to ‘optimum’ footwear equivalent to shoes. Nonetheless, previous studies have related barefoot mobilisation with increased falls. Therefore, it is urged that each one sufferers proceed to be inspired to mobilise in applicable, nicely-fitting footwear whilst in hospital. Limitations of this examine in relation to the testing methodology, participant group and sample measurement are discussed.