About Dr. Sock Soothers

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: Dec 7, 2017

Designed by a leading podiatrist with extensive foot pain management experience, Dr. Sock Soothers anti-fatigue compression foot sleeves promise to help provide immediate relief from swelling, heel pain, achy feet, and poor blood circulation caused by the aging process.

Each sleeve is said to feature seven zones and three levels of targeted compression, which can provide breathable support whether you’re on your feet working, hiking, running, enjoying sports activities, at the gym, or just out and about walking. Simply slip it on as you would a normal sock, whether under or over your socks.

In addition, the company tells us that Dr. Sock Soothers’ sleeves “create support for the plantar fascia connective tissues” and reduce associated healing time. Also, that they naturally elevate dropped arch support caused by obesity, weight gain, and other frequent weight-bearing activities.

If you’re dealing with foot pain or other types of discomfort, the bottom line is that you want it gone yesterday, and want to know whether or not Dr. Sock Soothers’ sleeves represent a realistic solution—as well as a wise use of your money. In this article, we’ll help you find some answers, starting with the basic process that allows these types of products to do their job.

How Compression Garments Like Dr. Sock Soothers Work

In The Science of Compression Wear, we explain that garments like these are typically constructed of a “flexible yet firm, spandex-type material” that fits closely to your body, gently squeezes the area to which it’s applied, and thereby potentially boosts circulation and blood flow. As a result, users often report reducing swelling, pain, and general discomfort.

However, not all compression garments are created equal. For example, prescription options available only through a physician typically measure their level of compression in millimeters of mercury (mmHg), providing users with very specific details about what they’re buying.

On the other hand, consumer-grade products like Dr. Sock Soothers only deliver generalized compression, which could vary—and deliver different benefits—depending on how snugly the sock fits.

How Much Do Dr. Sock Soothers Cost?

Dr. Sock Soothers are priced as follows (no sizing information was listed on the product’s website at the time of our research):

  • 1 Pair: $20
  • 3 Pairs: $39 ($13 each)
  • 5 Pairs: $57.50 ($11.50 each)
  • 7 Pairs: $75 ($10.71 each)
  • 9 Pairs: $92 ($10.22 each)
  • 11 Pairs: $108 ($9.81 each)
  • 14 Pairs: $123 ($8.79 each)

All orders come with free insured shipping (3-5 days), along with a money-back guarantee. Keep in mind that per the site’s Returns page, product “must be in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.”

We reached out to customer support about the length of this refund policy, in addition to whether or not different sizes were available, but hadn’t yet heard back at the time of publishing.

In order to request one, the company can be reached at (415) 422-9383 or support@drsocksoothers.com.

Are There Other Compression Socks Like Dr. Soothers’?

A quick online search for ‘compression socks’ and ‘compression foot sleeves’ across marketplaces like Google Shopping and Amazon returned hundreds of results from dozens of different manufacturers at the time of our research, most of which ranged in price between $10 and $40, putting Dr. Sock Soothers’ version somewhere near the middle.

Some of these competitors even appeared very much alike design-wise (even down to the coloring and stitching patterns) to Dr. Sock Soothers. Given these pricing and functionality similarities, how can you decide which foot compression sleeve will work best for you?

According to WebMD, compression socks (regardless of the brand) can be useful for addressing a wide variety of conditions and situations, including:

  • People with or at risk for circulation problems, like DVT, varicose veins, or diabetes
  • People who've just gotten surgery
  • Those who can't leave their bed or have a hard time moving their legs
  • People who stand all day at work
  • Athletes
  • Pregnant women
  • People who spend long stretches of time on airplanes, like pilots

However, if you’re experiencing a condition (chronic or otherwise) that’s causing frequent foot pain or discomfort, the first person you should speak with is your doctor. Based on their questioning and testing during your appointment, they should be able to recommend options that will deliver the most bang-for-your-buck.

If they suggest that you proceed, WebMD advises that you’ll want to stick with options that go on smoothly, without bunching; aren’t too long so that you’ll have to fold or roll the tops down, or are so tight that they cause circulation problems or otherwise cut off your blood flow.

Finally, in order for compression socks or another type of garment to be effective, they need to be worn often. While you can take them off to shower or bathe, be sure to ask your doctor during your appointment about how long yours should be worn in order to achieve maximum benefits.

Of course, most of these recommendations involve having the compression sock in your hands. But in the instance of Dr. Sock Soothers or any other online purchase, you obviously won’t have this opportunity before handing over your money. Does this mean you should proceed?

Our Final Thoughts About Dr. Sock Soothers Compression Wear

On the upside, Dr. Sock Soothers seems to have priced their compression foot sleeves competitively, as well as to stand behind them with a satisfaction guarantee (although we’re waiting to hear back about how long this is good for).

However, other than the fact that they’re based out of Hayden, ID, we’re told nothing about the manufacturer themselves—even on the socks’ website, there’s no mention of the company. We also couldn’t find anything about them on third-party sites during our research.

On top of this, it appears that these socks are only one size fits all (again, we’re awaiting a response from the company to learn more). And as if you didn’t already have enough to consider, these products are popular enough that you’ll almost certainly be able to find a handful of local options, which could save initial (and return) S&H charges and make the refund process as easy as driving back to the retailer.


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Average Consumer Rating: 1.6
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5 star: 14 4 star: 5 3 star: 6 2 star: 12 1 star:  126
Bottom Line: 17% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Oct 15, 2019
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    I purchased three pairs of these socks and tried one of them. After a week it was all torn apart. I see no change in my foot pain.

    This is all a scam and a waste of money. Probably most of the reviews are done by insiders.

    I knew all these postings could be false, but I thought to give a try. I should have stuck with my first intuition.

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Too small

    • Indiana,
    • Oct 12, 2019
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    Like the other reviewers, I could not get the socks on my feet. I wear a size 8 shoe, which is about the middle of the range. I don't know who would be able to use these. How can they claim "one size fits all?"

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Socks way too tight

    • De Soto, MO,
    • Oct 11, 2019
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    I purchased these socks in hopes my sister could wear them but we both pulled and pulled and still could not get them on and then they were painful because of that. I bought the buy two get one hoping she would have enough socks. I was so disappointed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Scam - waste of money

    • Derbyshire, United Kingdom,
    • Oct 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just about managed to get one sock on my English size 10 foot. I would have caused some serious circulation damage to my foot if I had left the sock on. I had to really try to get it off after about 5 minutes - it had been so tight you could see the material weave on my skin. I wish I had read the reviews before I had purchased. It's a scam. From reading the reviews I would not get my money back if I sent them back, so it's the bin for 3 packs of socks! £28 down the drain - be warned - do not buy it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Not fit for purpose

    • Lancashire, United Kingdom,
    • Oct 8, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought 5 pairs on offer. After putting the first pair on they began to unravel at the seams. Contacted company, within a week two more pairs began to unravel. The company offered a 65% refund.

    THIS PRODUCT IS NO USE AT ALL.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    One size fits all (small) feet

    • Wexford, Ireland,
    • Oct 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Dr. Sock Soothers "one size fits all" claim as they are so tight they are virtually impossible to get on unless you have quite small feet (say under USA size 6/UK size 5) and are a muscle cramp nightmare to try and get on for anyone with an average size foot. Don't be disappointed when you click on the attractive colorful sock displayed in their advert to find that the product they are actually selling is an all-black sleeve-type "sock" - cheaply made and over-priced. Save yourself the cost of return and don't bother ordering them in the first place - especially beware ordering several socks to avail of the multi-buy discount - unless your family all have tiny feet. Highly NOT recommended.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Brisbane, Australia,
    • Oct 3, 2019
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    I bought 5 pairs of socks for my wife who suffers from lymphodema in her feet/ankles. She doesn't have large feet but we couldn't get the socks onto her feet early in the morning before any swelling had commenced. Where we had tried came up with thick red welts of swelling so there must have been something allergic in the material.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Relieves plantar fasciitis pain

    • Birzebbuga, Malta,
    • Oct 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Got my socks yesterday, wore them all day at work, went for my daily hour walk and believe me, all my aches, pain, and burning sensation in my feet like vanished. Thank you Dr. Sock Soothers. All I want to know is if you can sleep with them?

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Sydney, Australia,
    • Oct 1, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    It is false advertising to say that one size fits all is ridiculous unless you have baby feet. My shoe size 8 and no way could I get them on.

    Like I said, a complete waste of money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Don't like

    • Sigel, PA,
    • Sep 28, 2019
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    I received my socks, unwrapped them, and was a very disappointed person. It said they fit all. I could not get them even to start on my feet. Couldn't get them on my feet at all. I put them right back in the package, sealed it, and returned them right away. I don't want anything to do with a company that lies and rips a person off like they did me. Good-bye to Dr. Socks!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    DON’T BUY THESE SOCKS

    • Dublin, Ireland,
    • Sep 26, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    These socks caused pooling in my ankles and bleeding into my skin on my lower legs and my legs are badly marked after one wearing. I’m 6ft and size 12 so not overweight.

    The socks are cheaply made and synthetic. The inside of the socks have loosely woven, loopy yarn which pulls and breaks when you put on the socks.

    I believe the positive recommendations in the advertising are fake.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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