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Los 33

Posted on Nov 10, 2011

Last year citizens around the world watched as Chilean miners were trapped underground for days.  The mine that imprisoned the workers is located deep in a desert in Chile, South America, one of the driest and harshest regions on earth.  The buried men, who became known as "Los 33" ("The 33"), were trapped 2,300 ft underground.  In addition to the obvious threats- dehydration and starvation- these miners were victim to another hazard that many would not automatically think of...

These miners were victim to a very warm and humid setting, which is an ideal environment for fungi and bacteria to flourish in.  Thirty six days after being trapped, all the miners received socks with copper in them to protect and eliminate fungi, bacteria, and odor.  If the miners had no protection, they would have likely ended up with severe infections causing pain, itchiness, discoloration, perspiration, and irritation.  Both their skin and nails were at risk for infection.      

All miners emerged from the tragedy with clean feet, free of bacterial and fungal infections despite the damp humid environment.  Dr. Juan Carlos Mellibovsky, head of the dermatology department at the Copiapo Regional Hospital, had the following to say:

“I was the physician responsible for performing an initial examination and following treatment for each of the 33 miners rescued from the San Jose mine in Chile. I am convinced that these socks containing Cupron technology played a major role in protecting the miner’s feet from developing fungal and bacterial infections.”

Here at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, we are proud to carry the product that protected the Chilean 33 from dangerous infections.  Our Aetrex copper sole socks are unsurpassed in comfort, performance, and protection, as proven by this valiant story.  Copper sole technology has been lab tested and clinically proven to help prevent bacteria, fungi, and odor as well as improve skin texture and appearance.  The copper ions, which are imbedded in the yarn, are guaranteed to last for the life of the sock regardless of repetitive washes and wear and tear.

To see and purchase the sock that shielded the Chilean 33, stop by Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates.  We carry the copper technology in 5 styles:

  1. Athletic, crew or low cut, black or white
  2. Non-binding, crew or low cut, black or white
  3. Compression, available in 5 different colors
  4. Dress, crew or ankle, black, brown, khaki or navy

Click here to see pictures of the miners feet after recovery.