Doc Socks Review: Will They Really Help Your Aching Feet?
Doc Socks are one-size-fits-all compression socks that claim to help prevent plantar fasciitis, limit swelling and reduce pain for those who are on their feet often.
The sock claims to use seven different compression zones to help improve circulation and support your foot. The site claims that a leading podiatrist designed the socks but it did not give any additional information as to who the podiatrist is.
As you consider buying these socks, you’ll want to get a clear understanding of how it works and what science says about its claims. Once you have those bits of information sorted out, it will help you know if these socks are right for you.
In our review, we will begin by addressing those two main areas – how the socks work and what science says about compression technology – and then discuss the sock’s pricing.
How Doc Socks Work
As we mentioned a few seconds ago, these socks have seven different compression zones and there are three different levels of compression amid these zones.
But, from what we can tell from photos, those seven areas are:
- Back of ankle
- Upper heel
- Lower heel
- Front underfoot
- Top of the foot
- Front of ankle
Each one of these areas plays a role in your foot’s mobility and bears a lot of when you walk, sit down or stand up. Therefore, compression in these areas, the thinking goes, will promote foot health through increasing circulation and reducing possible pain points through added support.
Because the socks have a universal fit, you won’t have to worry about choosing the right size. They should stretch out to conform to the shape of your foot.
What Does Science Say About Compression Socks?
It might be hard to believe that a pair of socks has the ability to strengthen circulation and help support your feet. While you might be skeptical, science actually has a lot to say about the effectiveness of compression socks.
They Can Help With Aches, Swelling, and Circulation
Here’s a snippet from WebMD’s breakdown of what happens when you wear compression socks (keep in mind that they’re describing socks that go up to the top of your calves):
“Compression stockings can keep your legs from getting tired and achy. They can also ease swelling in your feet and ankles as well as help prevent and treat spider and varicose veins. They may even stop you from feeling light-headed or dizzy when you stand up. Because the blood keeps moving, it's harder for it to pool in your veins and make a clot.”
What’s tough about this description is that it’s not speaking specifically about your feet. Rather, it focuses on the legs. This creates a little discontinuity since Doc Socks only go around your foot and ankle.
While there is a little bit of a disconnect between what Doc Socks do and what WebMD says, we do believe the site presents sufficient evidence that compression gear can increase blood flow and reduce swelling.
Not a Lot of Evidence for Plantar Fasciitis Prevention
Now, the other main piece here is that the site claims the socks can prevent plantar fasciitis, a painful condition that pops up where connective tissue attaches to your heel. WebMD notes that the best way to alleviate the condition is rest and pain medication.
Based on this, we believe that compression socks aren’t a cure for plantar fasciitis; rest, pain medication, and, in some cases, treatment from a doctor are.
As far as prevention goes, the articles we read listed various things you can do to keep your plantar fascia in good shape. Shoe inserts and heel cups are two solutions, as they keep your foot’s arch in good shape and reduces plantar fascia stress.
The Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute recommends doing various exercises to help strengthen your plantar fascia:
- Wear proper fitting shoes
- Scrunch a towel with your toes
- Do daily calf stretches
- Run on flat surfaces
Doc Socks Pricing and Return Policy
At the time of publishing, Doc Socks offered the following pricing tiers:
- Two pairs: $52
- Three pairs: $69
- Five pairs: $95
- Seven pairs: $119
After we checked these prices and tried to leave the page, Doc Socks offered us an additional 10% off our purchase.
We checked out Amazon to find compression socks specific to the feet and ankle that received at least four stars from customers and found that prices ranged from $9.99 to $18.99.
The site says that you have 30 days to return your socks if you don’t like them. To complete your return, you’ll need to send the socks along with your order number, name and address, phone number, an explanation as to why you’re returning your socks and whether you want a refund or an exchange.
The fine print says that your refund won’t cover the shipping and handling you paid to get the socks or return them. Also, you have to send the socks back along with the original packaging and any instructions or paperwork that came with your socks.
The Final Word: Reviewing the Pros and Cons of Doc Socks
Based on our research of these socks, prevailing research on plantar fasciitis and pricing of comparable products on Amazon, we believe that Doc Socks have specific pros and cons.
First, the positives. We believe that compression socks are effective in promoting circulation and reducing swelling, two things that are good for feet, especially if you’re on them all day and are looking for extra support.
Second, the refund policy for these socks is decent in the sense that, if you choose to return them, there’s a good chance shipping cost will be around $8 or less for USPS shipping, which means the risk isn’t all that high if you end up not liking them.
The downside to the socks and compression socks, in general, is that we weren’t able to find any conclusive evidence that said compression socks of this type can prevent plantar fasciitis. Experts note that choosing the right shoes and wearing shoe inserts are an effective way of maintaining your foot arch and, in turn, promoting plantar fascia health.
32 out 33 people found this review helpful
After spending more money than I wanted on socks, I broke down and made the purchase after reading great reviews. I am quite happy with how my feet feel wearing these socks but terribly disappointed in how they hold up. After only two washes, they are falling apart. The seams are coming apart, making it very difficult to put socks over these socks because they bunch up. Also, the black threads are entangled in my laundry, which is time-consuming to separate. P.S. I have never put them in the dryer.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friendView all 1 commentsHide comments
Jan 24, 2019
I need to send them back, but no one answers at 855 861 5238! Can anyone help me with a return?