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Drawbacks of Wearing Stockings

Stockings, or nylon pantyhose, are an everyday part of many women’s dress and professional wardrobes. However, nylon is a synthetic material that does not breathe, which leads to trapped body heat and perspiration. Fungal infections like athlete’s foot can thrive under these moist, warm conditions. If pantyhose are a must, make sure they are worn for as short of a time as possible and wash them after each wearing.

In addition, certain types of pantyhose can cramp the toes and keep the forefoot from expanding properly with each stride of the foot. This can lead to deformities such as neuroma (pinched nerve), hammertoe and ingrown toenails. It is important to make sure the nylon stockings do not fit too snugly around the feet.

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