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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Bottom Line: 17% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Sock Soothers

    • Berkshire, England,
    • Aug 19, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My order with this company was fulfilled after I had paid the cost. I was then informed by Royal Mail that I had another £12.94 customs charge to pay.

    I paid this and order was delivered. To my dismay as there is no way these socks will fit either my or my Father's feet.

    These socks were purchased in good faith as I believed they would benefit both of us.

    I am disgusted that I cannot even contact this company, it is a scam. Please do not order from this company, you have been warned!

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

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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    My order failed

    • United Kingdom,
    • Aug 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    After seeing these socks advertised and reading Dr. Sock Soothers own "wonderful reviews" I decided to order last night. I tried twice but failed. I emailed the company who replied almost immediately that my order was unsuccessful and to ring them in Pacific time. I suspect it was knocked back as I don't have a credit card, only debit.

    This morning I found your website and after reading all your comments and reviews want to say thank you. I will not now be contacting the company to try and buy these socks.

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

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  • 5 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Different sizes

    • England,
    • Aug 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    After reading bad reviews I was shocked that people didn’t realize that you can order S/M and M/L.

    I have a wide foot and UK size 7 and I could get the sock on. It has to be tight or what’s the point of a compression sock. This is the first day of me wearing them so will update with the results at a later time.

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

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  • 20 out 21 people found this review helpful

    One size does NOT fit all

    • Hawke's Bay, New Zealand,
    • Aug 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The only way I could get these on was to pull them strenuously and this stretched and broke the elastic threads and ruined them. I'm men's size 10.

    My wife, size 9, could not get them on, again without ruining them. Don't waste your money.

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

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  • 14 out 14 people found this review helpful

    There is no way to return these socks

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Aug 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I thought the socks I ordered were full socks, which is what the picture was showing when I ordered. When they came they were toeless. So I have been trying to return them but they came with no packing slip and neither the phone number nor the web address they give you for returns exist!

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

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  • 25 out 25 people found this review helpful

    One size fits all is a lie

    • Washington,
    • Jul 30, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I can't tell you if they work or not as I cannot get them on my size 11.5 feet. One size does not fit all and to return them I have to pay shipping...not fair! Rip off, don't buy them.

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

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  • 23 out 24 people found this review helpful

    DO NOT BUY

    • Oklahoma City, OK,
    • Jul 30, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    These socks are definitely not one size fits all! In fact, I don't think any adult could wear them. They might be long enough for an average adult female, but they are nowhere near large enough around or stretchy enough to get on, much less over the heel. Definitely NOT one size fits all. There is extremely little stretch. I sprained my thumb and wrist trying to get them on. Once I got one sock partially over the heel, it got stuck and I didn't think I was going to get it off. It was even too tight to get a pair of scissors between the sock and skin.

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

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  • 31 out 33 people found this review helpful

    SCAM, run, run

    • Los Altos, CA,
    • Jul 30, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    These socks are a total scam. I am mad at myself for having fallen for it, and worse, fell for the buy two get one free or whatever the offer was. It never occurred to me to look for reviews before ordering which is something I always do when I go through Amazon. The socks are NOT one size fits all. It is impossible to get them even just across my toes. I am writing this blunder off without wasting any more time trying to contact the seller, but I wish them bad karma and hope they are bankrupt by now. Zero stars.

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

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  • 25 out 25 people found this review helpful

    One size does NOT fit all

    • Missouri,
    • Jul 29, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought 10 pairs and eagerly awaited their arrival. When they arrived I immediately tried one on. I could barely get it over my toes. I had my wife try and she was barely able to get it on so I think the maximum fit would be a woman's size 8.

    This lesson cost me $23 because they do not pay for shipping even though if they hadn't said one size fits all I would never have ordered.

    Also, the sock does not look like what was shown in the ad. I now have my doubts that anything they sell will have much value.

    They did refund the price of the socks.

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

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  • 29 out 29 people found this review helpful

    A total scam!

    • Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada,
    • Jul 26, 2019
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    I was impressed with the advertising, but the performance was ZERO - on a scale of 1 to 100.

    I couldn't even get the socks on! My wife couldn't even get it past her wrist. So I looked at the advertising and noticed that ALL of the models are very thin - take a look for yourself and IF your legs are not that small (or smaller), THEN there is absolutely no way that the socks will fit without totally cutting off all circulation!

    They sound too good to be true and that is exactly what they are...IF you look up the phrase "buyer beware", you will see a picture of Dr. Sock Compression Socks!

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

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  • 20 out 21 people found this review helpful

    Not as described

    • Wisconsin,
    • Jul 23, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    The compression socks do not fit at all as advertised. I could not pull the short sock even halfway up my foot, much less over my heel and ankle. I really wanted to try only one pair, but instead I received three pairs of the same sock for a cost of $45.00+. If the socks worked as described, I intended to make good use of them. But these socks are headed straight to Goodwill.

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

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