Every athlete knows it’s important to protect your body; it’s your most important piece of athletic equipment and the key to longevity in your sport. Football players wear helmets and pads. Soccer players wear shin guards. Volleyball players wear a good pair of knee pads. And runners wear the right kind of running shoes designed for long distance or sprints, and meant to protect their feet.
Amputee athletes are no different. They must also protect their bodies, from the elements of their sports and even from the blisters and irritation caused from the prostheses themselves. Protection is the role that Knit-Rite prosthetic socks play for these athletes.
“It doesn’t matter how fancy your prosthesis is, you have to have the right sock,” says Tanya Khvitsko, Knit-Rite employee and amputee runner. Tanya is a champion of the Soft-Sock. It’s her choice for everyday and for running. “It’s lightweight and super comfortable,” she says.
Here’s Tanya wearing a Soft-Sock in one of her races!
The lightweight nature is important to Tanya in securing the right fit and being comfortable while she trains and competes. The super soft and moisture-wicking fibers of the Soft-Sock are extra gentle on Tanya’s sensitive skin.
When irritation does set in, Tanya turns to Knit-Rite’s Liner-Liner. The super soft, super thin material of the Liner-Liner helps to relieve irritation, while not inhibiting the suction grip of her prosthesis against her skin.
The Soft-Sock and Liner-Liner are important tools as Tanya trains and works toward her goals. She wants to run a full marathon. She started running three years ago and since that time, she’s run more than 50 races, one of them a half marathon. And she ran her fastest 5K in 30 minutes. The full marathon won’t be far off!