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Wet Sock Treatment

Posted by terrepruitt on February 3, 2011

Just recently, I learned that one of my Nia students is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.  She has been attending my Nia classes for about two years and when I first met her she said she taught Pilates, so I thought that was her primary job. It is actually funny because I have been looking for a holistic doctor.  One day after class she asked how my toe was doing and said something like, let me think about it and see what I have and I’ll let you know.  I thought, ok.  The next class she brought me a sample of something and a homeopathic treatment/instructions where it stated she was an ND.  Ha, the things you learn.

Anyway, the second I got home I looked for cotton socks and wool socks.  We didn’t have any that I could accurately identify.  And I really didn’t think that walking around shopping was the best thing for my foot/toe.  There were times that I had to do things, as in get groceries or take care of some bank business, but shopping was not a high priority.  I waited until I could enlist the help of mom!  Yup.  She ran around and got me some wool socks.

Anyway . . . the therapy is this:

1.  Warm your feet, either by soaking them or by taking a bath.
2.  Dry your feet.
3.  Wet a pair of cotton socks.  Make sure they are completely wet with cold water.
4.  Wring the socks out so they are not dripping.
5.  Put the socks on.  Yes!  Put the socks on your nicely warmed feet.
6.  Cover the cold wet cotton socks with the dry wool socks.
7.  Go to bed!  Cover up like you normally would.

All of the various instructions I have read said to make certain that you don’t get chilled.  So the idea is to put the wet socks on, then the dry socks and go directly to bed.

When you wake up the socks will be dry and your feet warm.

This treatment is said to aid with congestion and upper respiratory infections.  Information says it helps with headaches, migraines, colds, infections, sore throats, ear infections, cough and bronchitis.  Also, helps with cold feet due to poor circulation.  Some things say it helps relieve pain and promote healing.

Since your feet have cold wet socks on your body has to keep your feet warm so it sends the blood to your feet.  This wet sock therapy gets your blood moving!

I found it made my feet really soft.  Same as putting lotion on then putting socks on.  I found that I slept really well.  At first I was thinking of this treatment as just something to do for my toe, but now that I actually tried it.  I can see how it could help with other things.  It was a momentary challenge for me to think of putting on wet socks, but then I realized my student wasn’t just making this up to help me, this is a TREATMENT.  It just took me awhile to get the right socks.  Neither my cotton nor the wool socks are 100% but they are as close as we could find.  I would think the higher the percentage the better.

The instructions I’ve read suggest you do it at least three nights in a row.  I did that.  I was too tired on the fourth night, which I think is good, but I might try it again tonight.  I think it really helped.  Oh, also, I skipped the warming step.  I started at #3.  Maybe if my feet were cold in the first place I would warm them first.

So what do you think?  Are you willing to try it?  If you do, please let me know your results.

16 Responses to “Wet Sock Treatment”

  1. Oh that is soooo cool! I love learning stuff like this. I definitely want to try it. I will be on the lookout for new socks. 🙂 It’s really interesting meeting people and finding out what they do. Thanks for sharing this!

    Jason and I did a wash each others feet one night. It was heaven. It’s a very bonding experience.


    • Its funny because I thought I KNEW what she did. So when I learned she did something else I was shocked and happy because I want an alternative medicine doctor.

      This is supposed to be good for colds, let me know when you try it.

      Nice about the foot wash. Every once in awhile I can beg a foot massage off my hubby!


  2. Wow! That is a very interesting treatment. I would imagine your feet being pruney on the morning. Kind of like when your in the water for a long time. Ya know? Well, small price to pay if it produces the results you want.


    • It is a very interesting treatment. And mine weren’t. If you try it let me know. The socks aren’t dripping wet and they are actually dry by the time you wake up so I guess it is not like your feet are in the water like in a bath or shower.

      I want to hear other people’s results.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. niachick said

    Hi Terre. Just found this blog post. Must’ve missed it with all my football frenzy. I most certainly am willing to try this treatment! I’ll have to find some wool socks…it’s good that I put the wool socks over another pair of socks since I’m allergic to wool. Interesting though. Thanks for trying it and letting your readers know about your results.

    Also, it is so very magical what we learn from our students, and how much we might not know about them. This prompts me to perhaps have a little intro time at the beginning of an upcoming class (where everyone thinks they know each other). I have massage therapists; energy workers; retired school teachers; working mothers/grandmothers; directors of local businesses; small business owners, etc. as Nia students. It’s so rewarding to become a bit more intimate socially with the people who keep my Nia business going! That’s why I love our once a month “Night Out After Nia” events. It’s a really social time where we all get to learn a bit more about each others’ personal lives.

    Thanks again Terre. Hope your toe is better!


    • Let me know when you try the socks. I am very curious as to WHAT people will try it for and what the result will be.

      I always want to have an after class gathering. With traffic often times my students are late, so I would like to gather after class and go for coffee. I have said this for months and I have never done it. I wanted to do it over the Holidays, but honestly, with my toe after class I just want to go put my foot up. But you being prompted has prompted me. I will set something up for the end of this month. I want people to be able to plan to be there. And with a plan in advance people that have cards or printed info can have it on hand.

      I think I will try it once then see if we want to do it more often.

      THANK YOU!

      My toe is “better”. Not ALL better, but better. It takes time. That is the most difficult part—-giving it time to heal!


  4. Melisa said

    Any new sniffle at my house is followed by the wet socks. You can also do a full body version if you have bronchial crud–wet t-shirt + wool sweater. it’s miserable but then you sleep really hard and have a good chance of kicking the bug.


  5. This is very interesting to me and I will try it. I have the right socks here already, just have to borrow them from my son. Wool is real itchy for me, but I will give it shot. Thanks for sharing this cool way to perk up blood flow to the feet.


    • Wool is itchy! That is why it is great that you put the wool socks OVER the wet socks. I think it helps with the itchy. I think it is very interesting too. Let me know the results. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


  6. suzicate said

    Very interesting. I have the socks will have to try it. You know I love holistic medicine. Right now, I have the crud and my colloidal silver is not wiping it out as quickly as it usually does. Actually, this is only the third day I’ve, been sick, but I usually wipe it out by the second day.


    • Maybe the sock treatment will help. I kinda think that the sock treatment helps you sleep really sound and sleep helps knock stuff out.

      Let me know, if you try it, what you think about it.

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I was missing you over here!


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