So you've started running—awesome. It's great for your physical and mental health, and it's an excuse to wear gym clothes, like, all the time. (No? Just us?)
But for all of its benefits, there's always the chance of injury. Some, like shin splints or tendonitis, are difficult to avoid. Others, like killer blisters, can sometimes be prevented.
We checked in with Dr. Casey Ann Pidich, an NYC-based podiatrist, who warned us about a common mistake she sees runners making: Running without socks.
Calling the move the “worst idea ever,” her reason makes total sense. “Socks help prevent blisters when running, and they also help absorb sweat,” she says. You should consider them an additional layer of protection for your feet—not to be skipped.