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Table 7 Diary comments summarised and frequencies provided by men and women

From: Pilot parallel randomised controlled trial of protective socks against usual care to reduce skin tears in high risk people: ‘STOPCUTS’

Comment Women Men
Reasons for not wearing socks and other comments (summarised) Frequency Percent Valid percent Frequency Percent Valid percent
All pairs in the wash 14 0.52 3.36 4 0.18 1.52
Bed rest: not wearing socks 5 0.19 1.2 16 0.72 6.08
Chiropodist appointment 3 0.11 0.72 5 0.22 1.9
Diary day not completed 2 0.07 0.48 1 0.04 0.38
Difficult to put on     2 0.09 0.76
Feet and legs creamed 6 0.22 1.44 4 0.18 1.52
Foot swollen/shoe fitting issue 5 0.19 1.2 4 0.18 1.52
Forgot to wear the socks 7 0.26 1.68 2 0.09 0.76
Legs tend to swell 2 0.07 0.48    
In hospital 1 0.04 0.24 9 0.4 3.42
Itching 1 0.04 0.24 6 0.27 2.28
Making legs swell/ft sweaty 1 0.04 0.24    
Not wearing socks—support hose 2 0.07 0.48    
Not wearing socks—trousers 1 0.04 0.24    
Not wearing socks—went out 19 0.71 4.56    
Not wearing socks—skirt 5 0.19 1.2    
Not wearing socks—other 10 0.37 2.4 2 0.09 0.76
On holiday 32 1.19 7.67 10 0.45 3.8
Ongoing fungal infection     3 0.13 1.14
Out all day 9 0.33 2.16 1 0.04 0.38
Physio appointment     5 0.22 1.9
Podiatry appointment     1 0.04 0.38
Positive: do not rub toes raw unlike conventional socks     2 0.09 0.76
Positive: felt socks prevented injury from a knock 2 0.07 0.48 2 0.09 0.76
Positive: very comfortable 5 0.18 1.2 2 0.09 0.76
Positive: socks ease my leg swelling 1 0.04 0.24    
Refused 11 0.41 2.64    
Skin tear on leg 4 0.15 0.96    
Too hot 81 3.01 19.42 25 1.12 9.51
Too hot: took the socks off 14 0.52 3.36 10 0.45 3.8
Too hot: weather too warm 95 3.53 22.78 77 3.44 29.28
Took the socks off for wound check 6 0.22 1.44 2 0.09 0.76
Uncomfortable/ill-fitting 6 0.22 1.44 3 0.13 1.14
Unhealed lesion     1 0.04 0.38
Unwell 3 0.11 0.72 2 0.09 0.76
Wearing sock on one leg only 13 0.48 3.12 22 0.98 8.37
Wearing socks as weather cool enough 4 0.15 0.96 2 0.09 0.76
Wearing socks on both legs 5 0.19 1.2 2 0.09 0.76
Wore socks in the evening only 4 0.15 0.96 1 0.04 0.38
Wore socks some of the day 22 0.82 5.28 24 1.07 9.13
Wore the socks all day 16 0.6 3.84 8 0.36 3.04
Other     3 0.13 1.14
No comment recorded 2271 84.49 Missing 1977 88.26 Missing
Total 2688 100 100 2240 100 100