A new trend in the packing foam market has seen people using packing foam to add more cushioning to their feet.
Now, there’s a growing number of companies that offer this new foam option, including Amazon, Apple, Dell, Gap and Target.
The idea is that you can use packing foam as an anti-freeze to help keep your feet warm during cold weather.
The problem with packing foam is that it is not as effective as foam cushion.
“You can add padding to the foam and it’s effective at freezing,” said Lisa Bowers, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies how foam absorbs moisture.
“But when you add the gel, you can really do more damage to the fabric.”
For instance, if you put a foam cushion on your foot, it can actually make your foot more vulnerable to frostbite and hypothermia.
If you use packing foams to protect your feet from hypothermic temperatures, you could increase your risk of injury.
So, what does this have to do with packing?
Packages offer a unique opportunity to reduce or eliminate the risks associated with heat and cold.
“The foam is designed to absorb heat,” Bowers said.
“It’s not designed to block it out.
When you’re in a cold environment, you’re more susceptible to frost bite.”
So why use packing Foam?
For one, packing foam works well in warm climates.
“There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that people are more likely to put a foot on a hot floor when they have a pack,” Bower said.
Plus, packing foam has been used for centuries to keep people warm and help people maintain good health.
So why not combine it with foam cushioned shoes, or a more protective layer on your feet?
“It could be because there are already lots of cushions available,” Bains said.
She said she has heard of people taking packing foam and applying it to their heels, as a form of foot warming, but she has yet to see any scientific research to back up this idea.
“In fact, packing the foam onto your feet in this way has only been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of frostbite,” she said.
But there’s no reason to assume this is the only way to protect yourself.
“A lot of research shows that people will be more comfortable with a pack when it’s softer and less restrictive,” Bores said.
If packing foamed foot pads work well for you, you may want to consider purchasing one.
“People who do use packing pads are often trying to add a little more cushion to their foot, and they can do that by using foam cushons or foam cushy soles,” Boks said.
There are also a few other factors to consider when choosing the best foam to use.
“If you’re looking for an anti-[freeze] product that is effective for both cold and hot weather, I would suggest the foam-backed cushion,” Bies said.
For instance if you’re traveling, you might be interested in using a cushioning material that offers anti-frostbite properties.
“As long as it’s not too stiff, it should be comfortable to wear,” Bows said.
So if you want to find a foam that will provide both cooling and cushioning properties, there are plenty of choices available.
So which foam is right for you?
As with any product, it depends on how you feel about foam.
For most people, you want a lightweight product that absorbs as little moisture as possible, such as the soft, water-based material from Target.
But if you are looking for a thicker, more supportive foam that can help cushion your feet during cold and warm weather, you should consider the soft foam from Dell.
“We’ve always used gel-based products to cushion our feet during winter, but we’re also excited to offer this unique combination of gel and cushion,” said Dell spokesperson, Rachel Bowers.
But you should also be aware that if you have a temperature issue, it’s a good idea to choose a product that will absorb at least 25 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius).
“For people with a higher body temperature, a product with more moisture will be helpful,” Boes said.