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 Customer Rating: 1.6
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  • 67 out 68 people found this review helpful

    Worst compression socks ever

    I cannot believe that these socks are allowed to be called compression socks. They compress your foot like a loose blanket. I wear a size 8 to 8.5 shoe. These socks were totally useless!

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

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  • 71 out 73 people found this review helpful

    Scam, no customer service.

    • Miami, FL,
    • Mar 8, 2018
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    No customer service department. Their form changed the zip in shipping. I emailed within hours to notify them and have it corrected. They said they couldn’t fix it because already shipped. Three days later I got an email that it shipped. I never received the product, and can’t believe they couldn’t help me. Don’t buy from them!

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

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  • 71 out 72 people found this review helpful

    I didn't even want to give it one star.

    I think it's a scam. I ordered one pair for my husband to see if he would like them before I order more. When I clicked on order, it showed my confirmation number for a split second and a window popped up a to tell me that I got a Virus and then to fix it they wanted to charge me $249.00. I called the company, which the phone number was down at the very bottom of the website, and the recording says "All representatives are busy, if you leave your name, email, and phone number, someone will call you back." The recording doesn't even say the company's name (which was a red flag right there). I'm still waiting for that call. I haven't received an email about my order, so I don't know if I'm going to get these socks. Very disappointing.

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

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  • 72 out 73 people found this review helpful

    Never received the socks I ordered and paid for

    • Baton Rouge, LA,
    • May 23, 2018
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    I think this company may be a scam. I ordered a pair of socks on 4/27/18. Supposedly they shipped on 5/01/18. It is now 5/17/18, and no socks have arrived. I emailed the support info on 5/16/ and have received no reply.

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

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  • 59 out 59 people found this review helpful

    No satisfaction

    • Palm Beach Gardens, FL,
    • Jun 11, 2018
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    These "compression" socks are absolutely a joke. They are cheaply made and do not give the necessary support that is advertised. Numerous phone calls are frustrating because nobody ever answers and advise you to call back later. I paid $39 for socks that are worthless! I think this company is a total sham!

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

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  • 59 out 59 people found this review helpful

    Not compression socks at all

    • Colorado,
    • Jun 11, 2018
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    I just received my order and am very disappointed in the fit. These must be designed for men’s feet as they swallow my feet. There is no compression at all. I’ve sent this information to the company but haven’t received a response yet.

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

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  • 75 out 75 people found this review helpful

    Unhappy Customer

    • New York, NY,
    • Jun 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    The socks came damaged. So many threads inside. Very difficult to get my foot in. After finally getting them on I wore them for most of the afternoon. No relief from pain or any of the symptoms.

    They were so tight around my ankles that 1 day later I still have the indentations. My ankles are the only skinny part of me. I tried to speak with Customer Service to get a mailing label and was told that they have a strict policy that I must pay for shipping back. I asked to speak with the supervisor and the customer service rep hung up on me. Horrible product, worse customer service.

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

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  • 59 out 60 people found this review helpful

    Wish I read this article before ordering

    • Richardson, TX,
    • Jun 23, 2018
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    I received my order in a few days, I was very surprised. There was no invoice or any kind of paperwork with the order, s.uch as a return policy, etc. I opened one pair of the socks to find they were completely two different lengths. I had my husband try them before I did. He is a size 10, and we could not even get the socks over his toes. We both tried and used a medical assist device and still could not get the socks on. Even just trying to get them on and just below his toes, the sock was leaving a reddened area and a line where the sock was cutting in.

    These socks are a bust. Please do not waste your time or money ordering this product. I bought three pairs, and like I said, we can't even get them on the foot.

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

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    No delivery and no culpability

    • Sydney, Australia,
    • Jul 9, 2018
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    I ordered two pairs over a month ago. UPS shows delivered via Australia Post but no proof. I have received nothing! Dr. Sock negates any responsibility regarding delivery. Australia Post has no record? Where the heck do you go from here? Dr. Sock's replies are from a generic robot and accept no responsibility. I definitely do not recommend purchasing from this company.

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

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  • 20 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Scam, no customer service.

    • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada,
    • Jul 11, 2018
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    I wore it only one day and I got the irritation-like marks on the feet's skin. No relief from the pain and discomfort. I called Customer Service, but nobody took my call. I can't return the socks, my money is lost, so it is the scam!

    Bad company, bad socks, shame on them!

    I'm a French-speaking person, and my English is rudimentary, sorry!

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

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  • 17 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Not at all worth the money

    • United Kingdom,
    • Jul 14, 2018
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    Like many other postings, I will not advise others to buy them. I too cannot get my foot into them without great difficulty. I tried and am not at all happy with them; far too tight and far from being comfortable. I am looking for the return address, as has been said in previous postings, no invoice either. I had to wait over 12 days for them to arrive and when they did, they couldn't be delivered as I then had to pay an added shipping tax of £11.64. This was never mentioned while ordering them.

    So I say to others please do not buy.

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

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