Operation South Jersey teamed up with Family Strengthening Network to help bring in socks for our local homeless population and for families in need. Our sock drive officially ended March 31st but don't let that stop you from donating to your local shelters! Socks are something we all take for granted. They are necessary for warmth and for important foot health.
"Socks are an important aspect of foot health. Your feet are the only part of your body that is in constant contact with the ground. Your feet endure tremendous stresses throughout the day. For this reason, your feet need extra attention and care. Socks can provide a vital part of protection as they are the primary interface between your foot and the ground. Socks provide padding, moisture absorption, and a reduction in friction. Socks also provide warmth in cold, and in some cases anti-microbial protection (socks that resist bacteria). Due to the significant stresses that your feet undergo throughout the day a good pair of socks can mean the difference between feet that function well and feet that encounter multiple problems. There are many different types of socks from cotton to polyester to anti-microbial. Socks are improving with technology and the point is clear, socks are important not only to foot health, but your health. The homeless often times will go without socks, or wear socks that are old and damaged. This lack of protection can cause problems in many ways. It can lead to bacterial and/or fungal infections, blisters, and in cold weather, frostbite. The simple use of a cotton sock can prevent multiple problems and is inexpensive to provide." -Bryan C. Satterwhite DPM, FACFAS Atlantic Foot Specialists, pllc