Review by Leslie Farin
What are Naboso® Products?
Naboso® products with neuro-stimulating texture claim to improve the way you move, feel and live. The founder, Dr. Emily Splichal, Podiatrist, and Human Movement Specialist, believes our experiences in this world are built around sensory stimulation and our ability to process and integrate this information effectively. She set out to create a material that stimulates the nerves in our feet, promoting enhanced movement.
Meet the Inventor of Naboso® Recovery Socks, Dr. Emily Splichal
Dr. Emily Splichal, a functional podiatrist and sought-out leader in barefoot training and rehabilitation, created this innovative product. She says,
“I am not like most of the other podiatrists out there. I do not push patients into orthotics. I do a functional gait and movement assessment on every single patient. I look at the body from an integrative perspective, so I want to know diet, stress levels, sleep patterns, gut biomes, repetitive patterns, etc. Everything is affecting the feet. Even more so as I look primarily, my fascination is within the sensory side of the foot, where a lot of how we’re taught about the foot in podiatry school is very biomechanical based. So that’s high arches, flat feet, pronation, supination, bones and joints that are moving, but is actually much more of the nervous system and the brain and the sensory information that’s coming in or that you’re encountering every day that ultimately shapes your movement, and that’s where a lot of research and advances in health and wellness are often within the neurological space.”
Dr. Spichal has a unique approach to human movement, foot function, and barefoot science. The skin on the bottom of the foot is unique from most other skin in the body because they are tactile, or touch nerves. In other words, they are responsive to very specific stimuli. She bases all her Noboso products on her passion for movement longevity and shares that,
“I’m a big anti-aging nerd. I use my passion for movement and anti-aging to this movement longevity. I wrote a book called Barefoot Strong, [which] is focused on movement longevity. I speak and write about it to try to empower patients or consumers to understand their feet and their bodies so that they can prevent a lot of the movement imbalances, dysfunctions that happen with sports overuse and then age.”
How Are Naboso® Recovery Socks Different From Other Compression Socks?
Compression socks are specialized socks designed to apply gentle pressure to your legs, ankles, and feet. The pressure is strongest at the ankle and gradually decreases as it goes up the leg. These socks are made from elastic materials that provide support and compression to the lower limbs. The compression helps to squeeze the veins and muscles, promoting better blood flow back to the heart. This is especially helpful for people who experience issues with blood circulation, such as those who sit or stand for long periods, or individuals with certain medical conditions like varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or edema (swelling). Compression socks come in different styles, sizes, and various levels of compression over the counter, though you may need a prescription for higher compression levels for certain medical conditions.
Naboso® foot recovery socks are even better as they combine the benefits of compression socks related to targeted foot recovery with texture stimulation for both feet and ankles. They provide recovery by being a mini massage to the muscles. This not only feels good but actually improves circulation to the feet, the tissue of the feet, and the nerves themselves. Naboso, which means “barefoot” in Czech, is credited as the “first-ever small nerve proprioceptive material commercially available” for the purposes of enhancing movement and stimulating the nervous system.
Naboso® Compression Recovery Socks Review
The first thing I noticed when I took the ankle compression recovery socks out of the package was the bold L and R on the left and right socks respectively. I put them on with the sensory texture on the inside, which felt a little strange at first, but nice. The high-quality material was thick, soft, and comfortable, and the arch compression band provided great support. I wore them around the house for a few hours every day for two weeks (no shoes). By the end of that time, I was hooked.
The neuro-stimulating texture inside the sock feels like a mini-massage. My feet now feel less fatigued, my circulation better and I have fewer aches and pains overall. The balance issues I experience more and more often as I age seem better now.
Two weeks is not enough time to draw concrete conclusions about the efficacy of a product, however, based on online reviews, it seems many experienced results from the recovery socks very similar to mine. I am a believer in the science presented by Dr. Splichal and look forward to continued use of this product. As per the Naboso® website, consistently wearing these compression recovery socks helps optimize movement.
UPDATE: After wearing ankle recovery socks three to four times/week for twelve months now, my problematic feet feel much improved. The texture inside the socks feels like a mini-massage when I walk around in them, and the chronic pain I experienced before is now almost nonexistent. I not only wear them at home, but I pack them in my bag when I go out of town too! The recovery socks work best when worn without shoes.
Why We Recommend Naboso® Ankle Recovery Socks
- To reset the feet at the end of a long day or hard workout
- To minimize foot fatigue and foot pain associated with plantar fasciitis or arch pain
- To Reduce foot fatigue in standing employees such as nurses, hair stylists, trainers
- To improve foot circulation and peripheral nerve health
Quotes From Customers about Naboso® Recovery Socks
“WOW. Worth the price. SO SOOTHING. I could immediately feel circulation and stimulation in my feet. Walking around in these feels like I am walking on a vibrating foot massager. Worth the high price tag. Thank you Naboso!!!”
“I am a Martial Artist (Karate and JJ) with plantar fasciatis -ironic, right? so taking care of my feet is super important! I recently got the recommendation of these foot recovery socks and didn’t hesitate to try them out. It feels funny at the beginning but my feet absolutely feel happy and restful after using them in the night. I can’t wait to arrive home after training and put them on. I might get a second pair in the future :). Thank You!”
Are Naboso® Ankle Recovery Socks For You?
Other Naboso® Products
Take a look at some of the other innovative products from Naboso (Listed on Amazon)!
Naboso Knee Height Compression Recovery Socks
Increases blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and relieves foot pain.
Naboso Activation Sensory Insole
Sensory insoles for daily use, walking or standing all day to build foot muscles and reduce foot fatigue.
Naboso Neuro Ball
Relieves muscle tension, increases mobility, and aids in recovery through self-myofascial release.
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Originally posted March 22, 2022
Updated May 15, 2023