About Soothing Sox
Using removable, thermo-sensitive gel inserts that can be cooled in the freezer or heated in the microwave, Soothing Sox promises to help reduce inflammation and pain associated with conditions like bunions, bone spurs, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, poor circulation, diabetes, and sports-related injuries.
Compared to other gel socks, though, the manufacturer advertises this model also features an adjustable band to keep it in place while your feet move freely, without having to worry about messy ice or uncomfortable heat packs.
Here at HighYa, we’re not here to tell you how to spend your money. Instead, we’ll outline everything we learned about Soothing Sox during our research so you can take one step closer to finding relief from your pain and discomfort.
How Does Soothing Sox’s Cold and Heat Therapy Work?
MedicineNet reports that feet are an extraordinarily complex part of the body, containing “bone and joint, ligament, muscle/tendon, nerve, blood vessels, skin, and soft tissue structures.”
As a result, innumerable injuries and diseases can cause pain in any of these parts, although common culprits include tendonitis, breaks, strains, corns and calluses, neuropathy (nerve damage), osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, and plantar warts.
They go on to explain that “treatment of foot pain will depend on the cause of the pain,” although common avenues “may involve medication, strengthening, stretching, physical therapy, immobilization, and surgery. What about the cold and heat therapy offered by Soothing Sox?
Healthline explains that cold therapy (formally known as cryotherapy) reduces “blood flow to a particular area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes pain, especially around a joint or a tendon. It can temporarily reduce nerve activity, which can also relieve pain.”
However, they emphasize that cold therapy shouldn’t be used if you have poor circulation, or on stiff muscles or joints.
In this screenshot from the commercial, we can see how Soothing Sox’s gel inserts can be cooled or heated, and then inserted into the sole and heel sections. Credit: Allstar Products Group
Comparatively, the increased temperature delivered by heat can help boost circulation, thereby reducing discomfort and improving muscle flexibility. For this reason, Healthline indicates it can be useful for sore muscles and damaged tissue.
But, keep in mind that heat therapy shouldn’t be used to address conditions related to “diabetes, dermatitis, vascular diseases, deep vein thrombosis, or multiple sclerosis (MS).”
How Much Does Soothing Sox Cost?
Two pairs of one-size-fits-all Soothing Sox are priced at $14.99, plus $4.99 S&H.
Note: We reached out to several support staff looking for general sizing details (i.e., they can accommodate men’s sizes X through Y), although none were able to provide additional information.
All Soothing Sox orders come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H, which you can request by calling customer service at (800) 513-0308.
Who’s Behind Soothing Sox?
Soothing Sox is manufactured by Allstar Products Group, a Hawthorne, NY-based company who’s been making As Seen on TV products since 1999. Some of their more recent ones include the Reheatza Microwave Crisper, MagicBax, Orbitrim, and Airtouch Rotating Brush Reviews.
Allstar held an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on nearly 50 closed complaints, as of 3/5/18. When details were available, most of these appeared to revolve around customer service concerns. A representative responded in each instance.
Soothing Sox vs. Sharper Image Gel Socks
We didn’t test any of these options during our research to provide firsthand feedback.
However, we encountered one seemingly identical product to Soothing Sox: Sharper Image Hot and Cold Pain Relieving Gel Socks ($49.99 through Sharper Image, or $39.99 on Amazon). In fact, they’re so similar we think it’s relevant to include feedback here, although it certainly doesn’t mean you’re sure to experience any of the same.
Ten Amazon customers had cumulatively given them an average rating of 3.1 stars. There, most compliments appeared to reference functional design (especially related to the strap) and effective relief from pain and discomfort—primarily when chilled in the freezer.
On the other hand, several customers complained that the gel packs in Sharper Image’s version often ruptured when heated in the microwave (and for even less time than recommended by the manufacturer in their instructions).
Are There Other Hot/Cold Therapy Products Like Soothing Sox?
In addition to the Sharper Image Gel Socks, we encountered a handful of other products that featured meaningfully different designs, but that may be able to deliver much of the same hot/cold relief as Soothing Sox:
|Soothing Sox||$15 for two pairs||Removable gel sole and heel pads, sock-based design, middle foot strap|
|Southwest Technologies Elasto-Gel Reusable Hot/Cold Pack||$30||Large design that covers top/sides of feet/ankles, leak-proof gel packs, x-shaped ankle strap|
|Thermipag Hot-Cold Pain Relief Wrap||$18||Wrap-based design with Velcro strap, can be used on almost any part of the body|
|Bluestone Hot and Cold Foot Wraps||$15||Hook and loop closures for an adjustable fit, does not cover toes|
|BraceAbility Ice & Heat Therapy Wrap||$30||Supports more like a brace than a wrap, x-shaped ankle strap, also delivers compression|
Which of these options will provide not just pain relief, but also the best value possible? As with most consumer purchases, everything will revolve around your specific needs and preferences.
And as with anything involving pain, the first professional you should speak with is your primary care physician. After running the appropriate tests and properly diagnosing your condition, they can recommend options that might deliver the most bang for your buck.
Based on what we learned, if your doctor indicates that heat and cold therapy will be beneficial for your pain, keep in mind that options like Soothing Sox (and the seemingly identical Sharper Image version) won’t address the top of the feet or the front of the ankles.
They also seem to provide the least amount of support, which could be a plus or a minus, again, depending on your needs and preferences.
On the other hand, at $7.50 per pair, if your pain’s occurring on the soles of your feet or in the Achilles area of your heels, Soothing Sox certainly seems to provide a lot of product for the money. Does this mean you should necessarily hand over your money, though?
Let’s help you find an answer to this question as we come to a conclusion.
Our Final Thoughts About Soothing Sox
We might sound like a broken record, but it’s important to reemphasize that pain is a complex process, so the most surefire way of getting to the bottom of yours—and finding an effective solution—is by working with your doctor.
With this in mind, although you might be able to find something functionally similar locally (thereby saving shipping time and charges), Allstar Products Group stands behind Soothing Sox with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee if you’re not satisfied.
Just remember that you’ll lose your initial $4.99, plus whatever it will cost to ship your gel socks back to the manufacturer (which will largely depend on your location).