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

Non-slip grip socks have been advised as a method of preventing unintentional falls on account of slips. This research compared the relative slip resistance of commercially available non-slip socks with different foot conditions, namely naked toes, compression stockings and standard socks, with the intention to determine any traction benefit.


Phase one concerned slip resistance testing of two commercially available non-slip socks and one compression-stocking pattern through an unbiased blinded supplies testing laboratory using a Moist Pendulum Test.

Part of the examine involved in-situ testing among healthy 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, conventional socks and compression stockings). Inclination was increased incrementally for every condition 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 outcomes generated by way of Wet Pendulum Test suggested that non-slip socks didn’t supply better traction than compression stockings. Nevertheless, in phase , slippage in compression stockings was detected at the lowest angles across all participants. Amongst the foot conditions 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 feet present higher slip resistance than non-slip socks and subsequently may signify a safer foot condition. This examine did not discover whether or not traction supplied by bare ft was comparable to ‘optimal’ footwear resembling shoes. Nevertheless, previous studies have related barefoot mobilisation with increased falls. Therefore, it’s instructed that each one sufferers proceed to be encouraged to mobilise in applicable, nicely-fitting footwear whilst in hospital. Limitations of this research in relation to the testing technique, participant group and pattern size are discussed.