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Doc Socks Compression Socks – Reviews, Comments & Complaints!

Introduction of “The Socks”

Logo of Doc Socks

Doc Socks, the ultimate compression socks. Yes? No? NOOOOOOOOO! That is one good way to start off the article. First of all, have you heard of Doc Socks? If yes, you are probably an active seeker for compression legwear and you most probably have heard of the ocean of negative complaints their users left for them. I mean, complaints of one after another. But, if you have not heard of Doc Socks before and you are in the middle of seeking for a pair of compression socks, you have come to the right place. In this article, I will dissect each and every part of Doc Socks for you to gain some insights so you can make a decision on whether to purchase Doc Socks if you stumble into their website. Yes, readers! This will be the most helpful Doc Socks guide for you!

What are They?

Their Website

Doc Socks has a very straight-forward website in terms of its layout and its call-to-action buttons. The website itself only comes with one home page and one check out page (excluding the terms & conditions, privacy policy pages, etc.). It is very obvious from the outlook of the site that it’s a sale driven website and every button and feature built are to convert every visitor into a buying customer. How do I know that? Because every button you can click onto is to direct you to their check out page. Not to mention the big, bright 50% discount button with a timer to urge you to act on the purchase before it’s too late!

As you scroll down towards the end of the site, there is another call-to-action button to direct you to their checkout page. I mean, their drive to sell is not to be underestimated. Now, let me make one point clear, the 50% discount is merely a marketing play where they mark up the price and put a discount on it. It is a common sale tactic practiced by millions of business owners and vendors. So, their 50% discount is technically there all year long. Do not be moved by the 50% discount! Next on, let’s move to what Doc Socks claim themselves to be or to do.

Their Claims

As seen on the website of Doc Socks, Doc Socks claims themselves to be “Professional Anti Fatigue Compression Sock Sleeves” that REDUCES SWELLING, EASES HEEL PAIN, SOOTHES ACHY FEET, AND BOOSTS CIRCULATION.

COMPRESSION TECHNOLOGY

  • Proven to limit swelling, both for those on who are on their feet a lot, and those who avoid being on their feet due to pain
  • Designed by a leading Podiatrist who has extensive treatment in foot pain management caused by the lack of support for arch, heel, and ankle core stability
  • Promotes blood circulation to help weak veins and pathways being compromised from the aging process

PREVENT PLANTAR FASCIITIS

  • Create support for the plantar fascia connective tissues for heel through the underside to the toes
  • Naturally elevates and comforts the arch of the foot dues to dropped support from obesity, weight gain, and weight-bearing activities
  • Dramatically reduces heal time for those currently with plantar fasciitis coupled with stretching, ball-rolling exercises, and helps to improve the muscles of the doot and strength

ONE SIZE FITS ALL

  • Wear with or without regular socks by simply slipping it on as a normal sock would fit
  • Feel the targeted zones and 3 levels of compression targeted to your foot compression
  • Creates permeability and structural compression for hiking, running, sports activities, gym, walking, standing; leaving you feeling fatigue free all day long

“Customer Testimonies”

Those are the claims of Doc Socks that you can find on the Doc Socks website itself. First of all, let’s all agree that their so-called “customer testimonies” are fabricated to create an illusion that their magical compression socks cover all audience base in terms of its utility- mums, sports enthusiasts, teachers (heavy manual labors), etc. Did I mention the number of typos that occurred in the customer testimonies? Go have a look for yourself.

Doc Socks Price

When you get to the check out page, you are presented with the quantities of socks you can select on purchasing, which the higher the quantity, the more discount you are entitled to get. Also, with every second pair you purchase, you get a pair free on top of the discount. Ultimately, it brings me to $90.24 for 7 pairs of Doc Socks upon check out with 3 pairs being free.

Doc Socks Complaint and Negative Reviews

Ladies and gentlemen, we have reached the essence of the article- the negative reviews and complaints Doc Socks had received. The reviews and complaints speak for themselves, so, say no more and let’s jump right into it!


If you have read through all the complaints and product reviews, they should be pretty helpful for you to decide whether or not Doc Socks is trustworthy. Also, they are not even one-third of the negative reviews I can find available on the internet! Let’s address the factors that contributed to these negative product reviews and complaints.

1. One Size Fits All? No, they don’t!

Do you believe the same pair of socks can provide a perfect fit for the range of XXS to XXL? Does it sound possible to you? Nope. That is what their users are reflecting in the reviews. But there is a more important fact that I need to stress. While one size may magically fit all, one compression level DOES NOT fit all.

The Right Compression Legwear is Proven Helpful in Accelerating Blood Flow

Wear compression leg wear to accelerate blood flow and to relieve pain from the feet and solve achy feet problems

I had stressed the fact of purchasing compression socks with the right amount of compression pressure is the key to the right compression therapy in my other articles. Why? Because compression socks are actually medical devices developed and proven to be helpful in combating and preventing unhealthy leg diseases. They exert pressure on your lower legs, from your feet to your ankles, then your calves to below your knee, even your thigh depending on what length of socks you go for (knee high or thigh high). This distribution of pressure on your lower extremities helps promote better blood flow and at the same time helps push your blood towards your heart against to pull of gravity. They are known to relieve pain and swelling in the ankles as well as the feet and provide you with the comfort of healthy blood flow, which will solve your achy feet problem! I can write a longer list of how the right compression leg wear can send good impacts to your health but let’s bring the wheel back to Doc Socks.

So, while all their negative reviews and complaints are reflected upon the falsely advertised “One Size Fits All” feature (do not fall for it of course), the bottom line is Doc Socks is essentially claiming their one pair of compression sock sleeves are suitable for every single individual in the world, regardless of the health condition and leg symptoms. The ultimate conclusion- One Compression Level Fits All? HELL NO!

2. The durability of their products is the opposite of strong

Many of the comments/complaints are focused on the durability of Doc Socks, which a lot of the users claimed that Doc Socks “fall apart” after one wash. It is a pain in the ass to purchase a pair of socks of over $20 a pair just to have them worn one time and have to throw them into the bin! Yes, it is frustrating from the head to the bottom of your feet! Not to mention the number of complaints they received about the difficulties of putting on and removing Doc Socks.

3. Money was taken but socks went MIA

A percentage of their customers are left with the concerns of not getting their socks delivered after their cards are charged. I have not used the word scam up till this point but if this is not a scam? Then what is? So, when you have a problem with a purchase you made on an E-commerce site, what do you do? You contact their customer support in order to solve whatever problems you encountered, missing delivery, etc. Well, this brings us to number 4.

4. Customer support equals to non-existent

Nothing drives me more nuts when I failed to contact the customer support of whatever service or company I am trying to get to. I mean, what is the point of setting up the customer support hotline or email if they are just going to be left unattended? I once tried to contact a world-renowned company that has a branch at Brunei due to some due diligence work I need verification. I tried every number listed on their website and I called for 3 straight days and no one ever picked up the phone. At that moment, I can feel the volcano started to form on my head and smoke was coming out of my ears. I bet that was how every customer of Doc Socks felt when they were trying to reach their customer support. The only difference between my experience and them was, I didn’t make a purchase and my hard-earned money wasn’t charged. Their customer support is almost as good as non-existent. This is a huge red flag when it comes to purchasing anything online.

5. Customers’ cards were overcharged and auto-billing was performed without authority

A few of the complaints were made because their cards were overcharged instead of the actual amount and some even filed complaints that Doc Socks performed auto-billing without cause and authority of the customers. This again is another proof of scam and is borderline breaching the federal law. This will need to have you to take action on contacting your bank for a refund and report that as a scam, which will result in you canceling your card and making a new one. Does it really worth the hassle? I say not.

6. Their refund policy is a scam

One of the biggest concerns among all complaints and negative reviews is their refund policy, which is merely created for show. They planted a refund policy that looks and sounds great on the website to act as insurance for the customers so they would feel secure in order to convert them into buying those socks. As expected, they are not as honest as they claimed to be. While some customers claimed they received a 60% refund under the conditions of wear-and-tear in the socks, the rest had no luck in getting their refund. I mean, you first have to be able to reach their customer support, right? In order for you to get a refund. 😂

7. Complaints left unanswered

The 6 concerns above are infuriating enough but the worst one is have your complaints unanswered. Bottom line unacceptable. I do not need to elaborate more on this one.

The Conclusion of Purchasing Doc Socks

Don’t be the one that buys these socks!

Finally, let me walk you through on how it feels like to purchase Doc Socks. You make a purchase that you might or might not receive your socks and you might or might not get over-charged on your card. Second, being the lucky bunch, you received your Doc Socks and can’t wait to put them on only to find they are too small and difficult to put on. Then, you spent 45 minutes to put them on, struggled to find comfort in the therapy they promised to provide and you eventually managed to remove them after 45 minutes of battling with the socks. You threw them into the washing machine then only to find them tore apart after one wash. As angry as you are, you picked up the phone to contact the helpful customer support you hope to reach and get a refund but only to get the response of “please try again later” from the other side of the phone.

After listening to “please try again later” for 2019 times, you find yourself throwing the phone at the wall because no one answered after your 98th try. You proceeded to write them an email instead with a few swear words in your email because you are as mad as you can be at that point only to have your email unanswered. You then have this emotion of anger boiling, so you leave 1-star reviews and complaints at every review site you can find (you wish you can leave negative 10 stars instead). You felt that justice was done after the 50 negative product reviews you left. A month later, just when you have moved on from Doc Socks and forgot about them, you get a notification from your bank that your card is charged with X amount of dollars by Doc Socks.

Yes. That will most probably be your buying experience or user experience should you decide to make a purchase at Doc Socks. There is nothing special about those socks and the user experience sucks! They are bottom line a scam, to say the least! Now, if you ask me, I really don’t want to be a part of that process even if they cost nothing.

On the other hand, if you need a pair of these socks to assist you in achieving better leg health, visit our store, Comprogear. Browse through our high-quality socks and most importantly, we practice 100% money-back refund guarantee policy! So, please head over to our site and have a look inside. I’m sure you can find something that can accommodate your needs!

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Compression Socks 20-30 mmhg – (New Designs and Patterns!)

New designs and patterns

Introduction

Wouldn’t you rather wear your compression socks in style? Tired of wearing boring compression socks just to keep your legs healthy? ComproGear compression socks 20-30 mmHg with their beautiful designs and patterns, will look great on anyone. You can now relieve most of the swelling and symptoms of circulatory problems while wearing socks with lovely patterns. You can know more about lovely options for your 20-30 mmHg compression socks in this article.

Wear compression socks in style

What Are 20-30 mmHg Compression Socks?

Compression socks are often prescribed by a healthcare provider or doctor. These socks are specially designed to help manage leg ulcers, edema (swelling), and other conditions affecting the lower extremities. In order to manage these conditions effectively, the socks increase circulation by applying pressure to the affected leg.

Compression socks 20-30mmHg with new patterns

Of all compression socks, the ones with compression levels ranging between 20 and 30 mmHg are the easiest to have access to. They are often used intraoperatively to treat different medical conditions. These socks offer first medical-grade compression and look great on anyone who wears them.

First medical-grade compression
First medical-grade compression

Compression socks 20-30 mmHg are available in different designs and styles to meet any need you got them for at ComproGear. People wear them to improve their overall leg health or reduce the risk of having circulation issues. Leg swelling, spider and varicose veins, sports, long-distance travels, standing for extended periods, sitting for too long, and post-surgeries are some of the major situations that call for these socks.

Beautiful socks for overall leg health
Beautiful socks for overall leg health

Compression Socks 20-30 mmHg Designs

With new discoveries and advancement in technology, compression socks 20-30 mmHg has new, improved designs with patterns that are captivating. ComproGear compression socks offer the following designs and styles: 

Compression socks 20-30 mmHg designs
Compression socks 20-30 mmHg designs

Ankle-high socks

The style extends just above the ankle. Ankle-high compression socks with 20-30 mmHg are great for athletes, diabetics, people with sensitive feet, as well as people who spend extensive hours on their feet. These socks concentrate on the Achilles tendon. The compression used to swaddle the Achilles tendon is often firm. Ankle-length socks provide upward compression to help relieve the stress on the Plantar fascia, which often causes heel pain.

Ankle-high compression socks
Ankle-high compression socks

Most of the users of ankle-high compression socks are people who feel uncomfortable wearing long socks. Athletes and other sports enthusiasts engaged in running and jumping need this length of socks. With these socks, you will not experience foot pain when doing strenuous exercise.

Knee-high socks

If you need a pair of compression socks but you do not know which style to start with, make knee-length your starting point. This is the perfect length for leg swelling problems, prevention of clotting, keeping the legs warm, and doing anything your regular socks can do. They come in different lengths with some knee-high socks stopping at the calves and others stopping just below the knee. Concentrate on getting the right length for your condition.

Knee-high compression socks
Knee-high compression socks

People with bone and joint issues should use this length of socks. They should be worn properly to prevent discomfort. It is important to get socks that come with breathable material because this length can get hot and itchy in the summer.

Thigh-high socks

These socks have a larger coverage and provide extra support. However, they are not always fit properly. To use these socks, you should ensure your legs are measured very well to get the perfect fit. Many athletes are known to wear thigh-high compression socks.

Thigh-high socks
Thigh-high socks

Additionally, there are several ailments affecting the lower extremities that thigh-high socks can help with. With a compression level of 20-30 mmHg, thigh-high socks can help to prevent or treat symptoms of lymphedema, deep vein thrombosis, muscle fatigue, varicose veins, as well as swelling of the foot, ankle, and leg.

Open-toe thigh-high compression socks
Open-toe thigh-high compression socks

Pantyhose socks

Compression pantyhose are usually mistaken for regular pantyhose. They come in different styles, colors, and designs. There are opaque (which look more like traditional tights), sheer (see-through), and patterned (with stripes, diamonds, etc). They also come in both open-toe and closed-toe styles.

Patterned compression pantyhose
Patterned compression pantyhose

Maternity Pantyhose

This type of compression sock extends above the belly and is used by pregnant women. They are made of transparent fabric with sophisticated mesh patterns that make you look fashionable. Maternity pantyhose has a snug fit, flatters the shape, and molds well on different legs.

A pair of maternity pantyhose will help in promoting blood circulation, reducing the discomfort of the leg, and relieving stress on the veins. They come highly recommended for preventing swollen feet, as well as leg tension and heaviness in pregnant women. In addition, they help to reduce the risk of having varicose veins, venous inflammation, and thrombosis.

Maternity pantyhose

Maternity pantyhose

 It is highly recommended that pregnant women wear maternity pantyhose from the early stages of pregnancy to delivery.

Compression Leggings

These beautiful and stylish compression garments extend from the ankle to the waist. They are great for all categories of people such as athletes, sick people, travelers, and people who simply want healthier legs. Among the benefits, you will enjoy better leg health, improved performance, and maximum comfort. They come in different beautiful colors and designs and are worn by both men and women.

Compression leggings
Compression leggings

Some other designs include:

  • Open-toe
Open-toe style
Open-toe style
  • Closed-toe
Closed-toe style

Closed-toe style
  • Sleeves
Sleeves
Sleeves
  • Dress sock styles
Dress socks style

Dress socks style
  • Fashion styles
Fashion styles

Fashion styles
  • Opaque styles
Opaque styles
Opaque styles
  • Sheer styles
Sheer style
Sheer style
  • Sports sock styles
Sport sock styles
Sport sock styles

Based on fastening, we have:

  • Zip socks
Zip socks
Zip socks
  • Velcro wraps
Velcro wraps
Velcro wraps

Benefits of Compression Socks 20-30 mmHg

20-30 mmHg compression stockings, also referred to as Class 1 compression, is the most frequently prescribed compression level. Offering firm compression, ComproGear’s compression socks 20-30 mmHg are recommended for treating several symptoms of leg disorders of a mild tosevere nature. Before you wear a compression level of 20mmHg and above, it is strongly recommended that you consult with your doctor first.

Benefits of compression socks 20-30mmHg
Benefits of compression socks 20-30mmHg

Some of the medical conditions or symptoms that compression socks 20-30 mmHg can help to prevent or treat are seen below:

  • Edema or moderate swelling
  • Mild to moderate leg pain
  • Chronic ankle swelling
  • Reversible mild lymphedema
  • Preventing and treating post phlebitis
  • Preventing the reoccurrence of venous ulcerations in the leg
  • Medium to severe varicose veins
  • Painful varicosity in pregnancy
  • To help fluid dynamics
  • Controlling leg swelling after removal of a cast
  • Post-surgery, including sclerotherapy, vein stripping, and EVLT (following a doctor’s recommendation)
  • Helps to reduce the risk of having circulatory problems like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), especially when sitting for too long on a flight

Common Problems People Face When Wearing ComproGear Compression Socks

From time to time, people face some problems with their compression socks 20-30 mmHg. ComproGear can help provide a solution to these problems. Here, these problems are put in the form of questions and the answers are provided below each one.

What makes my compression socks roll whenever I wear it?

Why compression socks roll

Why compression socks roll

There are many reasons why your socks may roll. One such reason is swelling. If your leg is swollen, your socks may roll because the material of the socks does not have the amount of stiffness needed to contain the swelling. Other reasons your compression socks are rolling include incorrect sock size, the shape of the limb, and a very narrow top band.

To ensure your compression socks do not roll, check the material it is made of. It should be in very good condition and should deliver the right compression amount for your condition. If you have a condition like a lymphoedema on your limb, for instance, you may need a very stiff fabric to help contain the swelling. You may want to consider getting thigh-high socks to suit the shape of your limb better.

If you have these factors in place but your sock is still rolling, remeasure your legs and check the manufacturer’s size chart to make sure they correspond. If this still does not work, you may want to use a hosiery adhesive to keep the top band in place. However, the adhesive should not be restrictive.

Why does my compression sock wrinkle around my ankle?

This could happen for different reasons. Firstly, if your sock was a perfect fit initially but starts to fall down suddenly, it is likely the sock has reached the end of its shelf life. The shelf life of ComproGear compression socks can be up to 6 months, while some other brands may last between 3 to 6 months. A sock can lose its elasticity at any time and will have to be replaced at that point.

Secondly, if your swollen limb has reduced since you first measured it, your sock will start getting looser. 

Thirdly, if your garment is falling down just after being purchased, it is possible you purchased the wrong size. You need to see a clinician to remeasure your limbs and check the manufacturer’s size chart to be sure. Then get a new pair of compression socks.

Why does by compression sock bunch up whenever I wear it? How can I stop this from happening again?

Compression socks bunching up
Compression socks bunching up

If your compression sock bunches up or the material creases when you are wearing it, you may have skin damage. Therefore, make sure your compression sock does not wrinkle at any point. Check your garment measurements so you buy the correct size for your limb. Also, resist the temptation to roll your socks if they are too long as this may increase the compression in the area. This, in turn, will cause skin damage and restrict blood circulation. When any of these happen, the area above the fold will begin to swell. Hence, it is important to use compression socks that fit perfectly.

More so, when putting on the sock every day, stretch the fabric evenly over your limb. Smooth out any crinkles, wrinkles, or bunches you notice on your socks. Wearing household rubber gloves will help to even out the smooth of the sock material.

If these suggestions still do not work, try getting an alternative style of compression socks.

I cannot put on my compression socks. Is this even possible?

This is most likely a size or measurement issue. Since all brands are different and there is no universal way of measuring your compression socks, simply use the measurement size chart provided by the manufacturers.

If you are sure you got the measurement right, consider using a donning aid to ease the application of the sock. Also, consider alternative styles of your compression socks. You can choose from softer fabric, wraps with Velcrop, zip socks, and many others.

How tight should my compression socks be?

Your compression socks 20-30 mmHg should not be tight enough to dig into your skin, cause pain, or make you uncomfortable. On the contrary, compression socks support your limbs. Very tight and uncomfortable compression socks can cause your skin a lot of damage and restrict your blood circulation. 

Compression socks too tight

Do not forget to remeasure your limbs from time to time. The reason for doing this is because compression needs may change due to improvement in your health condition or in the condition of your leg. For example, as swelling reduces, the socks become looser. If your socks feel too tight, get rid of them and purchase a new pair. Do not tolerate the pain and discomfort. 

Donning Your Compression Socks

There is no one perfect way of putting on your compression socks, but there are a couple of tricks, tips, and tools you can use to ease the process.

Donning your compression socks

First, you have to ensure your socks are sized correctly. If your socks are too big, they will fail to provide the appropriate compression required to be therapeutic. On the other hand, if they are too small, they will cause you more harm than good, will be hard to put on and will be uncomfortable to wear. If you cannot measure yourself using the manufacturer’s guide, go to a medical supply store to get measured. When you have your socks, the next step is to put them on.

Before you start, make sure your legs are dry. There should be no water or lotion on them. If there must be anything on your legs, it should be cornstarch or baby powder to ease the sliding of the socks over your leg. Some open-toe compression socks come with a slipper to make it easier to slide your sock over your foot.

Reach into the socks and grab the toe. Pull out the upper half inside out until you get to the heel. Then slide your foot into the sock, ensuring your toes and heel are in the right places. Grab the top of the socks and pull it up over the rest of your leg until it gets to its full length. You can use gardening or dishwashing gloves to pull up the socks.

After pulling your socks all the way up, smooth out wrinkles and folds. You will get used to the process of donning your socks after doing it a couple of times.

Compression Socks Donning Devices 

One of the challenges people encounter with compression socks is putting them on and taking them off. As important as these socks are in encouraging healthier legs, they can be difficult to put on. Compression socks 20-30 mmHg require a lot of strength from the hands and arms to stretch over the foot and leg. People who have physical limitations like reduced muscle power and restricted range of movement may find it hard to put on their socks.

The donning devices listed here can help you put on your socks if you find it hard to bend forward and put on your compression socks. They also help elderly people who have difficulty stretching their socks over their legs. Some donning devices can also help in removing compression socks. The device you choose depends on your limitations and abilities, as well as the features of the socks.

Here are the three major styles of donning devices you can use to put on and/or remove your 20-30 mmHg compression socks .

Fabric

This style of sock aid is only used with open-toe compression socks. Although it does not eliminate the need to bend, it makes it easier for you to slide your foot into the socks. You can easily pull this sock aid out of your socks.

Stocking slider
Stocking slider

Frame

Frames help to stretch any compression stockings in order to make it easier for you to put your foot into the socks. Some frames come with handles to help you pull up the socks without having to bend or flex your hips beyond 90 degrees.

Frame aid
Frame aid

Gutter

Gutter stocking aids tend to stretch compression socks made of lower grades to make it easier to put your toes into the socks. Most of the time, tapes or ropes are attached to the gutter to help pull both the aid and the socks up the leg. If you use a gutter stocking aid, the need to bend more than 90 degrees will be reduced.

Gutter stocking aid
Gutter stocking aid

Conclusion

Now that you know you can get high-quality compression socks 20-30 mmHg that will still earn you compliments, what are you waiting for? Visit ComproGear’s online store at https://comprogear.com/ to see all the latest patterns and designs for your desired compression level. These socks will do what they are supposed to do in any season because they are designed to blend in. Choose any length you will prefer for your condition and rock in them!

High-quality 20-30mmHg compression socks
High-quality 20-30mmHg compression socks
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T.E.D. Stockings: Unique Medical Hoses (with Pictures!)

15 – 20 mmHg thigh highs anti embolism socks

What are T.E.D. stockings?

T.E.D. is an abbreviation of ‘thromboembolism-deterrent‘.

T.E.D. stockings are anti-embolism stockings that are clinically designed and worn to support the venous and lymphatic drainage of the leg, prevent or treat medical conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, and promote increased blood flow.

What is the difference between T.E.D. stockings and compression stockings?

a person wearing thigh highs hosierys

Anti-embolism socks are manufactured to assist bed-ridden patients in boosting blood circulation in the legs and preventing blood clotting, venous thromboembolism and deep vein thrombosis. Doctors tend to prescribe T.E.D. stockings for non-ambulatory patients or to patients post-surgery.

Unlike graduated compression socks, anti-embolism socks are designed to be white in color with a hole in the toe region that assists in monitoring a patient’s recovery, which allows one to visibly see any signs on the feet which could act as an indicator of the patient’s health. Compression socks are also aimed for patients who are able to move around, unlike TED hoses.

The question whether one needs anti-embolism socks or compression socks should be considered.

This is because T.E.D. stockings are typically used for patients recovering from a surgery or bed-ridden for long periods of time. However, they also have a lower pressure gradient, which means they are safe to use without necessarily being in a hospital. They may not be the most ideal choice for people who move a lot though, such as healthy individuals.

What are its benefits?

  • Boosts blood flow and circulation to the legs,
  • Prevents blood clotting for bed-ridden patients,
  • Treats symptoms of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT),
  • Provides comfort during pregnancy,
  • Helps reduce swelling in the legs,
  • Help treat other health issues such as phlebitis and lymphedema, and
  • Maintains warmth.

What is Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)?

what is VTE

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) refers to a blood clot that starts in a vein. It is commonly caused by having surgery, cancer, immobilization, and hospitalization.

There are two kinds:

1. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – A clot in a deep vein, usually in the leg.
2. Pulmonary embolism (PE) – This occurs when a DVT clot detaches from a vein wall, travels to the lungs, then blocks some or all of the blood supply.

How do T.E.D. stockings treat VTE?

Simply put, they gently compress the legs to reduce the risk of blood clots. The pressure increases the blood flow and prevents the leg veins from expanding, which stops blood pooling in your legs and forming a clot.

What about other medical conditions?

what is varicose veins
  • Varicose veins

These are circular-shaped veins that, upon expanding fully, may cause inflammation that is painful to the legs. They do not disappear on their own once they form. T.E.D. hoses may help in reducing their appearance and pain.

  • Phlebitis

This mainly occurs due to clotting of veins caused by inflammation close to the surface and tends to affect people with varicose veins. In severe cases, phlebitis can cause blood clots that may dangerously travel to the brain, heart and lungs. This can lead to occurrence of heart attack and stroke. Wearing T.E.D. stockings is highly advised as it improves circulation, reduces clotting and can end phlebitis by squeezing the veins, reducing any excess liquid that may have formed.

  • Spider veins
what is spider veins

These damaged veins are small in size and appear on the surface of your legs in a spider web pattern. T.E.D. hoses can reduce spreading of the spider veins by placing pressure on the lower leg’s veins.

  • Leg edema
what is leg edema

Anti-embolism hoses are useful in treating specific type of edema occurring in the lower parts of the legs. With a low compression, one can treat leg edema both pitting and non-pitting without necessarily having a prescription.

  • Lymphedema

This is when a part of your body swells due to unnecessary accumulation of the lymph fluid. This occurs when an interference with normal drainage of lymphatic fluid into the blood. T.E.D. stockings can assist in preventing long-term lymphedema.

swollen feet
  • Swollen ankles

Apart from various extreme causes, hours of immobility can cause ankles to swell; T.E.D. stockings help blood flow effectively.

What are the compression levels of T.E.D. stockings?       

levels of pressure for thigh highs hosiery
main parts of thigh highs T.E.D. stockings

The parameter used for compression levels for both TED hosiery and compression socks is ‘millimeters of mercury‘ (mmHg).

Compression levels typically range from 15-20 mmHg, 20-30 mmHg, and 30-40 mmHg, in which the higher the level, the greater the pressure. A doctor’s prescription is usually required in order to wear those with a compression level of 20 mmHg and higher. For anti-embolism socks, the compression level range is 8-18 mmHg.

It is always necessary to have accurate measurements of the following to ensure a perfectly fitting size: ankles, calves, lower thighs, and upper thighs.

What should be considered when choosing T.E.D. stockings?

experience the magic of these pressure garments
  • Length of the stockings

Knee-high T.E.D. stockings end just below the knee and help in reducing swelling of the legs and peripheral edema effects.

Thigh-high T.E.D. stockings are best in reducing pooling of blood in the leg. These also help in preventing orthostatic hypotension.

Thigh-high with waist belt medical hoses are specially designed to prevent thrombosis.

  • Ease of application

– Make sure you get the perfect size that fits snugly and comfortably.
Use of T.E.D. stockings as directed helps to prevent the formation of blood clots in the lower legs. Follow instructions on properly putting on a pair, as follows:
1. Try to first fan-fold the top linens and turn the stocking inside out down to the heel.
2. Slip the foot of the T.E.D stockings over your toes, foot, and heel. The anti embolism hose has an opening in the toe section.
3. Grasp the upper part of the anti embolism stocking and pull it up your leg.
4. The stockings will turn itself right-side out as you pull it up your leg.  

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Are Dr Sock Soothers the Best (Sock) Solution for Foot Pain?

Which compression socks can you trust when your feet ache? Photo by Alfred Rowe on Unsplash
  • Let’s talk Dr Sock Soothers and Foot Health!

The condition of your feet, ankles and lower extremities say a lot about your health in general.

Often times, a podiatrist (also known as a foot and ankle doctor) can tell if you have circulatory problems, arthritis, diabetes or other health issues just by looking at your feet.

Recent breakthroughs in podiatry have led to the manufacturing of professional quality compression socks that can be a solution for foot pain and support.

Many companies have been capitalizing on the public’s demand for compression socks and hosiery.

One such company known as Sock Soothers, has garnered a lot of attention–but for all the wrong reasons.

We researched:

  • Sock Soothers Compression Socks – The Product Itself
  • Soothers Advertising – The Marketing Behind the Brand
  • Claimed Benefits for Running, Walking (and other Exercises)
  • Claimed Benefits for Circulation, Plantar Fasciitis, and Fatigue Management
  • Dr Sock Soothers Ankle Socks vs Other Compression Socks
  • Consumers Complaints
  • Unmet Claims
  • How to Naturally Help Cure Plantar Fasciitis, Circulation, Fatigue, and Foot Pain (Hint: It IS what you think, but with a twist!)
  • Dr Sock Soothers Reviews (1 Stars to 5 Stars)
  • …and Finally – Several False Advertising Complaints, Rumors of Unauthorized Credit Card Re-billing, and Problems with Returns

Hundreds of people claim to have been scammed.

Is it true?

Let’s find out…

Unisex Soothers
Unisex Sock Soothers
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Dr Sock Soothers Don’t Live Up to the Hype

Unfortunately, the brand known as Sock Soothersâ„¢ seems to be nothing more than marketing and hype. Accusations of paid reviews, fake testimonials and untrue claims being made about their products have come against Dr Sock Soothers.

What are Sock Soothers?
Can you trust Dr Sock Soothers?

We recommend buying only high quality compression socks to ensure you receive an effective product.

At ComproGear, we want to offer you a trustworthy alternative as you look to purchase compression socks online.

ComproGear aims to create high quality compression socks that out-perform other brands and come in a variety of sizes for a customized fit.

But before we get into more serious matters, let’s give Dr Sock Soothers a chance. Here is a basic overview of what they have to say about their “Sock Soothers” brand compression socks.

Dr Sock Soothers: In Their Own Words

Promising claims are made on the Dr Sock Soothers website regarding the positive effects their socks have.

The use of “Compression Technology”, the ability to “Prevent Plantar Fasciitis” and “One Size Fits All” are the core promises given to consumers.

Here are some of the other benefits CLAIMED by the makers of Dr Sock Soothers

  • Limits swelling.
  • Provides long-lasting comfort.
  • Will leave you fatigue-free all day.
  • Relieves muscle soreness in the legs.
  • Naturally elevates the arch of the foot.
  • One size is available and it will fit everyone.
  • Provides structural compression during activities.
  • Improves poor circulation associated with the aging process.
  • 7 “targeted zones” and 3 “levels of compression” provide compression across the foot.
  • Dramatically reduces recovery time for those with plantar fasciitis (when combined with stretching and exercises).
7 Targeted Zones
Marketing of the 7 Targeted Zones of Sock Soothers.

And it seems that, according to the onsite reviews, some customers are indeed happy with the product.

Here is an example of a positive onsite review of the Dr Sock Soothers Compression Socks

“As a parent who deals with three wild boys, you can imagine my feet are always in severe pain running around. I needed do so something about it, so I tried Dr Sock Soothers. WOW! I wish I had these on sooner! Now I have enough energy feeling fresh on my feet for ballroom dancing and yoga. The best part is, my feet don’t hurt anymore. This truly is a miracle!”
-Mary Hopkins from Quebec

The review sounds great.

But the three reviews visible on the Dr Sock Soothers website are all positive, which has raised suspicions since so many customers have had negative experiences with the product.

Dr Sock Soothers Ankle Sock Sleeves in the Pack.
A pair of Sock Soothers in their packaging.

When searching for reviews of Dr Sock Soothers, you will have to look into third-party business accountability websites, as authentic customer reviews don’t seem to be making it onto the Dr Sock Soothers website.

Here is a collection of actual customer experiences, most of them relating to frustration around the “one size fits all” claim:

“I purchased these socks on line on 26/08/2019. They were delivered on 07/09/2019. They certainly were not one size fits all and were very painful to wear.”- Reviewer via BBB.org

“I had thought the socks would be the answer to my husband’s foot problems – and maybe they would have been, if he could even get them on!” Reviewer via highya.com

“After waiting over 2 months only to be shorted 3 pairs of socks and the ‘free gift’ that I had to pay $9.95 postage for…I was unable to leave a message on the website so am still in limbo without a way to get a refund…“- Reviewer via scamfinance.com

Stocking Soothers Provide Immense Support
Sock Soothers promise great support for the foot and ankle, but they are often so tight that customers cannot get them on.

Currently, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued an alert for the business Dr Sock Soothers.

Despite the promising health claims the company is making about their Sock Soothers compression socks, it seems that the product is rarely able to live up to such standards.

What Should a Quality Compression Sock Do?

A quality compression sock or ankle support sock will deliver the following:

  • Ankle stability
  • Reduction of cramping in the calf muscles
  • Reduction of pain from plantar fasciitis in the arch
  • Improved blood circulation to aid healing in the immediate area
  • General reduction of muscle soreness
Can Sock Soothers Prevent Muscle Soreness. We look into Dr Sock Soothers claims to find out.
Muscle Soreness

What Health Conditions Benefit From the Use of Compression Socks?


There are many medical conditions of the lower extremities that can benefit from compression sleeves.

Multiple Sizes and Colors. Most garments should offer both options.

The soothing action of a good pair of compression socks or compression hosiery can be felt as soon as you slip them on. Here are some of the health conditions that require the use of compression socks

  • Edema.
  • Plantar warts.
  • Varicose veins.
  • Flatfoot and weak arches.
  • Itchy feet, including athlete’s foot.
  • Fractures of the ankle, foot or toes.
  • Sprains and injuries of the soft tissue.
  • Ligament problems in the ankle or foot.
  • Inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis.
  • Diabetic foot damage such as neuropathy and diabetic foot ulcers.
  • Foot pain related to problems such as blisters, bunions, calluses, corns, hammer toes, heel spurs, neuromas and spasms.
Solution For Aching Feet. We guarantee Comprogear Compression Socks are a tried and true method of alleviating foot pain.
ComproGear compression socks can help soothe aching feet.

If you struggle with any of the above medical issues or begin to notice pain, it is important to check your feet, ankles and legs each day.

Apart from wearing shoes that fit you properly, ensure your lower extremities enjoy complete care at all times. When your feet suffer, you suffer too.

Many people will experience pain in their arch, ankle, heel or plantar fascia at some point throughout their lives. These episodes are common since most people spend a lot of time either in one position or on their feet.

Remedy For Swollen Feet
Edema caused by poor circulation and water retention.

Regardless of how long or short these episodes last, it is important to determine the root cause before comorbid issues such as varicose veins begin to arise. The appearance of the varicose veins suggests that your heart is working overtime to pump enough oxygenated blood to all parts of the body, including your feet.

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Common Causes of Leg Fatigue

Leg Fatigue
Leg Fatigue

Leg fatigue is accompanied by cramping, pain or soreness.

There are many factors that can cause your legs to become fatigued, and knowing what these are can help you manage and reduce leg pain.

Let’s take a closer look at what causes leg fatigue:

Hypokalemia

Hypokalemia is caused by very low potassium levels in the bloodstream.

Leg cramping, constipation, weakness and fatigue can arise as a result. Some medications and medical conditions can also cause hypokalemia.

Symptoms Of Hypokalemia
Symptoms Of Hypokalemia

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Muscle fatigue is one of the symptoms of MS and is often described as “heavy legs.”

Humidity and heat can cause MS-related fatigue to worsen. Other symptoms of MS include muscle spasms or pain, tingling sensations or numbness, a loss of or blurring of the vision, sexual difficulties, bladder issues and trouble concentrating.

Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis

Overuse (Can Compression Socks Help?)

Overuse of the legs can be the cause of muscle cramping and leg fatigue.

Allowing your legs and body to rest for sometime will allow the symptoms to subside.

If your job requires that you stand for long hours, try taking several small breaks throughout your shift. Should your symptoms persist or become more severe, you may want to reach out to your family doctor.

Muscle Cramps. Do Dr Sock Soothers naturally help after running or other exercises? We look at the advertising AND the customer reviews to find out.
Muscle cramping in response to overuse.

Exercise (The primary claim of Dr Sock Soothers)

Similar to overuse, moving your body in new or novel ways when exercising can contribute to temporary leg fatigue.

Athletes will be especially prone to muscle fatigue during training.

You can reduce fatigue by slowly tapering up the intensity of your exercises, taking regular days off and eating a balanced diet.

Relief For Pain Caused By Exercise. Advertising says compression sock benefits include everything from plantar fasciitis to circulation and foot pain. Some of these claims are overstated though.
ComproGear compression socks can relieve pain caused by exercise.

Poor Circulation (Again, Sock Soothers claim to cure this. But do they?)

If blood does not circulate properly through your body, your legs may begin to feel fatigued.

The blood will accumulate in your legs, ankles and feet, causing dizziness and leg fatigue.

You can improve your circulation by moving more, managing underlying conditions like diabetes and incorporating the use of circulation socks into your routine.

Overuse Causes Leg Fatigue
Improving circulation in your legs will reduce leg fatigue.

Pregnancy (Support socks can really help during pregnancy – in fact, reviewers frequently state that compression socks help decrease fatigue, stop swelling, increase circulation, and naturally relieve foot pain during pregnancy!)

Hormone changes, increased pressure on the veins and fluid retention can cause swelling during pregnancy.

This tends to make the legs feel tired and uncomfortable.

Try sleeping on your side to reduce the pressure on the veins circulating blood to your heart from your lower body. If you have serious swelling, try our specially developed compression socks for pregnancy.

Leg Fatigue In Pregnant Women. Can Sock Soothers help be a pacifier for this type of circulation issue? Do these compression socks provide natural relief, or are the claims just an advertising scam?
Leg fatigue is common in pregnant women.

Underuse (Yes, Compression Socks can help OVERuse and UNDERuse. Overuse causes fatigue related problems. Underuse causes circulation related problems. Both are cured by support socks.)

Underuse and lack of movement can cause leg fatigue.

If you are sitting for a very long time, try standing and get active for about five minutes each hour.

You could also try some leg exercises and stretches if you must stay in bed for extended periods of time.

If you must sit at your desk for work all day or have a limited ability to move, you may benefit from compression socks.

Here’s our review of the best compression socks for sitting all day.

Underuse Of Legs
Underuse Of Legs

Compression Socks Work. Sock Soothers Do Not.

But… You have to get a good quality pair of socks that fit properly. ” One Size Fits All ” is an advertising scam used to trick consumers into buying something that doesn’t work.

How Do Compression Socks and Compression Hose Work ?

Compression socks and compression sleeves are meant to provide a firm, sturdy support for your feet and legs.

By constructing the socks out of stretchy and thick fabrics, the sock can be slipped on before it begins to compress the foot.

It gently squeezes your lower extremities to boost circulation and flow of blood, driving the blood upwards throughout the body to prevent pooling.

How Do Soothers Work?
How do compression socks work?

Most compression socks are not measured like prescription compression garments, but they can still richly benefit the wearer.

If you do suffer from a serious medical condition, acquiring a prescription for snug-fitting compression socks with a higher mmHg rating is important.

Compression Socks Can Benefit You

If you have a condition that will benefit from the use of sock sleeves, consider trying out a pair.

Especially if you spend long hours on your feet or are prone to having varicose veins, compression socks will be the perfect soothing footwear for you.

People who will benefit from using compression socks include…

Runners' Companion
Runners will benefit from ankle compression socks.

If you’re looking for a high quality compression sock, take a look at ComproGear’s line of compression socks.

We work hard to make the best quality 20-30 mmHG knee-high compression socks on the market.

We offer a variety of colors and patterns for you to choose from, so you can have a bit of fun with your compression socks:

Your purchase will be backed up with a lifetime guarantee and incredible customer service (Contact Page)

Unlike Dr Sock Soothers, we plan to be around for our customers for the long haul. We welcome you to reach out and connect with us should you have any questions.

Long Story Short. Skip Dr Sock Soothers – There are better options available…


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ComproGear Compression Socks – (100% Best Quality, Style, Fit)

Compression Socks
ComproGear Compression Socks provide relief

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How They Work

ComproGear Compression Socks work by providing graduated compression to the parts of your leg that need it the most. Because they are tighter at the knee, ankle and foot, and looser around the calf, these socks are designed to provide relief from swelling and pain.

Benefits of Wearing ComproGear Compression Socks

Medical-grade socks
Medical-grade compression socks
  • Enhanced performance through improved blood circulation
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less fatigue
  • Decreased muscle soreness


The best part is that anyone can reap the benefits of compression socks!

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How Can ComproGear Compression Socks Help Seniors?

While each of us should actively be aware of our health and lifestyle choices, seniors should be particularly proactive when making efforts to live comfortably. For certain seniors struggling with chronic pain and circulation problems, ComproGear Compression Socks can help considerably.

Benefits of Comprogear socks for seniors
Benefits of compression socks for seniors

Reduces Pain

Chronic pain in joints and muscles comes with age whether we want it to or not. This pain can reduce mobility and independence along with it.

However, compression socks help lessen the swelling that usually occurs with chronic pain. This significantly reduces aches, soreness, and other discomforts in your legs. Sometimes it may even give back your movability entirely.

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Reduced pain for seniors

Reduces the Risk of Blood Clots

Blood clots can be life-threatening. You should always do what you can to mitigate the risk. Unfortunately, the risk of having blood clots is something that increases as you age.

Luckily, Compression Stockings help improve circulation in your body and reduce the overall risk of having blood clots. By applying gentle pressure on your feet and calves and helping to push blood faster around your body, compression socks ultimately make it harder for blood clots to form.

Wearing compression Socks prevents blood clots
Wearing compression socks prevents blood clots

Helps With Surgery Recovery

Apart from wearing compression socks for chronic pain, they can also be worn for recovery after surgery. To use them effectively, you will need to follow your doctor’s recommendations.

Reduced pain for seniors
Wearing compression socks post-surgery

Gets Rid of Varicose Veins

No one likes the gnarled, twisted dark-purple bumps along their legs. These damaged valves, or varicose veins, look this way because they allow blood to backflow through the vein.

Thankfully, there’s a way to counteract those pesky, enlarged veins, and it’s with— you guessed it— compression socks!

Compression socks place pressure on these veins to shift them back into proper alignment, helping us to say goodbye to the ugly, bumpy varicose veins.

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Goodbye varicose veins

Safe to Use

Using compression socks is one of the safest methods for treating problems in your lower extremities. You don’t need a prescription, there are no negative side effects to wearing them, they don’t need to be ingested, and you can even wear them safely all day long.

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Safe to wear throughout the day

Growing older doesn’t mean you have to give up on living a full and comfortable life, even when it becomes increasingly difficult to do the things you used to love doing when you were younger. We understand that when you have pain in your legs and feet, it might be difficult to walk or even stand. But ComproGear Socks can help. These compression socks can make it easier for you to go about your life without pain. Go back to socializing, exercising, and living more freely. Renew your independence!

Renewed independence
Renewed independence

Running and Athletics

In one study, Florian Azad Engel and colleagues came to the following conclusion:

Our present findings suggest that by wearing compression clothing, runners may improve variables related to endurance performance (i.e., time to exhaustion) slightly, due to improvements in running economy, biomechanical variables, perception, and muscle temperature. They should also benefit from reduced muscle pain, damage, and inflammation.

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How Do ComproGear Compression Socks Help Children?

Comprogear socks for children
Compression socks for children

ComproGear Socks have many benefits to offer, and children are not left out!

  • Cool to Wear. ComproGear Socks come in many shapes, styles, and colors. Kids love wearing them.
  • Wear Anywhere. They can be worn on any occasion, from formal to casual. They’re affordable and easily accessible.
  • They Quicken Recovery. ComproGear Socks offer faster recovery time for sports enhancement.
  • Comfortable & High Quality. They are smooth, soft, breathable, washable, durable, and lightweight. They don’t have uncomfortable seams. The material will not stretch over time or lose its shape.
Super cool socks for kids
Kids’ compression socks are stylish

ComproGear Socks for kids are therapeutic, although they don’t look that way. They are designed in a number of styles and colors that make them fun to wear.

Comfortable for kids
Comfortable for kids

Even though the socks are designed to gently squeeze kids’ legs to help with circulation, most children don’t even notice they are wearing them.

Protects kids from injury
Protects kids from injury

More importantly, ComproGear Compression Stockings provide necessary support in all the areas your children will need them the most. Considering how rough and carefree children can be, these socks will offer some much-needed protection from injuries.

Kids compression Stockings for sports
Kids compression socks for sports

These socks are effective and have many benefits beyond sports. They can be worn all day long and for many activities.

How to Put on Your Compression Socks

Since compression socks are snug around the legs, putting them on can be quite difficult.

Here are some steps to take when wearing your compression socks:

Wear compression Gear first thing in the morning
Wear compression socks first thing in the morning
  1. Wear Your ComproGear Socks First Thing in the Morning: When you first wake up, your feet are not likely to be swollen yet and this will make it easier for you to put on your compression stockings. Keep your legs in their horizontal position or even a little bit elevated when putting on your compression socks. You can rest your feet on a pillow to help with elevation.
  2. Sprinkle Some Talcum Powder or Cornstarch Over Your Legs: Moist legs make it harder to put on compression socks.  After cleaning your legs, dry them, then sprinkle some talcum powder or cornstarch over your calves and feet. This will help to absorb excess moisture on your legs and make it easier for you to pull up the socks.
  3. Bundle Up the Sock: To put on compression gear easily, turn its top inside out. Then make sure the toe is on the right side out.
  4. Slide Your Toes into the Compression Socks: Carefully put your toes into the far end of your socks. Make sure the toes of the socks are evenly aligned with your toes.
  5. Pull the Sock Over Your Heel: With your toe holding the sock’s bottom in place, pull the sock from the bottom over your heel. Now your foot should be in the sock.
  6. Slide the Sock Over Your Leg: With your palms, slowly draw the sock up over your calf. When you do this, the top part that is inside-out will roll upward and become the right-side out. Try not to pull the sock from its top to get it over your leg. This makes it harder for the sock to pull up fully and puts a lot of strain on one area of the sock.
  7. Adjust the Sock While Drawing it Upward: As you pull the sock upward over your calf, keep it straight and very smooth. If you notice wrinkles on your sock, smooth them out as you go. Knee-length ComproGear Socks should come up to the point that is below your knee by 2 finger widths. If you are using thigh-length socks, keep pulling until it reaches the top of your thigh.
  8. Repeat the Same Procedure for the Other Leg. If compression stockings were prescribed for both legs, follow the same process on your other leg. The socks should come up to the same point on both of your legs.

Extra Tips

Sit on a chair or on the edge of the bed.

Putting on your compression gear can be quite tasking, and is made more difficult if you cannot effortlessly reach your feet. To make this easier, you should sit on a chair or on the edge of the bed so that you can easily bend down and reach your feet.

Use rubber or latex gloves
Put on socks using rubber or latex gloves

Use rubber or latex gloves.

Having a firm grip on the compression socks to pull them upward can be quite difficult. Sometimes wearing rubber or latex gloves make it easier to clasp onto the socks. Both dishwashing gloves or medical latex gloves can work equally well.

Make use of sock aids.

If you find it hard to bend over or reach your feet when attempting to put on your compression socks, you should consider getting a sock aid. A sock aid is a device that has frames shaped in the form of a foot. Usually, you put the sock over the sock aid first, which allows you to easily slide your foot in. After making sure the sock is well placed on your foot, you then take off the aid.

Keep your feet elevated.

If your feet are swollen and making it hard for you to wear your ComproGear Socks, try to elevate them above your heart for about 10 minutes. You can do this by lying on your bed and placing your feet on a pillow to rest.

Remember to always wear your compression socks as instructed by your healthcare provider. If you’re wearing them to help improve your blood flow, you may have to wear them all day, every day. In most cases, you may only take them off when you are going to bed. If you do not wear them every day as recommended, it can make the process of putting them on more difficult.

How to Take Off Your ComproGear Socks

It is one thing to put on your ComproGear Compression Socks, and it is another thing to take them off.

The following steps will help make removing your ComproGear socks easier:

Remove Stockings at night
Remove compression socks at night
  1. Take Your Compression Gear Off Only at Night: Right before you go to bed, take off your stockings. That way you only have to take them off once a day.
  2. Pull Down the Sock From Its Top: Use both hands to pull the sock down gently from the top. This will help to pull down the sock over your calf until it is inside out. Then you can go ahead and take the sock off of your foot.
  3. Remove the Socks with a Medical Dressing Stick: If removing your compression stockings with your hands turns out to be too difficult for you, you can get a medical dressing stick. These sticks are great for people who cannot reach their feet easily or for those who find it hard to get the socks past their ankles and/or feet. This dressing stick grips the sock for you and pushes it downwards off your foot. It does require some arm strength, so some people may still find it hard to remove their sock, even when using this tool.
  4. Wash Your Compression Stockings After Each Use: After using your compression socks, hand wash them in warm water with laundry soap. Roll them in a towel to wring out the excess water, then hang them up so they can dry properly. It is important to have more than one pair of stockings so you can have another pair ready if the other isn’t yet clean and dry.
Compression Stockings need to be washed
Compression socks need to be washed

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Compression Sock Aids

Putting on compression gear can be a headache sometimes, but they’re still very important to wear. To ease this difficulty, you can try compression sock aids. There are two types of aids: Fabric and Rigid.

Fabric Compression Sock Aids:

This aid is made with a slipper-like fabric. It is designed to help when wearing slide open-toe style socks over your feet and legs. Usually, they are more flexible and easier to load than their associate sock aid. You will still have to bend over to reach your foot when using this aid.

Rigid Compression Sock Aids:

Fabric compression aid
Rigid compression sock aid

This aid is made using a plastic semi-circular tube and two ribbons or handles attached on either side.

Sometimes there’s a plastic-coated frame that stands on the floor for you.

The handles make it easier for you to put on the stockings if you cannot bend and reach your feet comfortably.

Some of the popular styles of compression sock aids include Dorking, Brevetti, Batty, and Etac.

Remember…

Compression Socks benefit every age from kids to seniors.

It is important to know the best way to put them on and how to remove them safely and effectively.

Sometimes using sock or stocking aids helps ease the donning and removing processes.

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How to Put on Compression Socks? – The Ultimate Guide (w/Pics!)

How to wear compression socks
How to wear compression socks

You’ve been doing it since you were a small child and have probably gotten fairly good at it by now–so why do you need to learn how to put on your socks again?! Compression socks are not the same as regular socks in that they are not just there to keep your feet warm. They provide pressure over the ankles and calves that can improve your health in a myriad of ways.

How to Safely Wear Compression Socks After Hip or Knee Replacement

If you have had hip or knee troubles, then joint replacement surgery can be liberating! When your rehab and healing are complete, you’ll likely be more active and comfortable than before surgery, but it can be a long road to get there. For elderly people who break their hips during falls, joint implants can restore their mobility.

After hip or knee replacement operations, surgeons typically prescribe compression stockings to facilitate recovery. But getting the compression socks on your legs properly is critical to healing and recovery. Putting compression socks on can be a bit tricky after surgery because you need to avoid certain movements until your new joint is stable.

Compression socks with zipper
Compression socks with zipper

Why Wear Compression Socks?

Compression socks are elastic and snug, applying gentle force to the veins in your legs. In knee-high compression socks, the tension is greatest at the ankle and tapers off through your calf. This pressure gradient fights against gravity and drives blood upward toward the heart, promoting better circulation and preventing fluid buildup in the lower legs.

compression stocking aid
Compression Stocking Aid

Improved circulation provided by compression socks promotes healing as the oxygen and nutrients from the blood move through the operative site, speeding tissue repair. Similarly, medications disperse more efficiently, possibly giving quicker relief from pain and inflammation. Since compression socks control swelling, movement may also be easier and less painful.

Cotton Socks
Cotton Socks

Compression socks not only promote healing, but they can reduce the risk of a blood clot in the leg, which can be a side effect of being less active while recuperating. Blood clots are dangerous because, if a clot travels to an artery that feeds the heart or lungs, the blockage can be fatal if it isn’t found early.

Knowing the proper way to handle compression socks allows you to enjoy their benefits without endangering your health. Since the movement restrictions for the hip and knee vary, it is important to follow those provided by your doctor for your type of surgery.

Wearing compression socks
Wearing compression socks

Compression Sock Pressure Grades 

High-quality compression socks vary in gradient strength, determined by their materials and weave. Their force is measured in millimeters of mercury, written as “mmHg.” Here are the four pressure grades most widely used, along with their support levels.

After knee and hip surgeries, most orthopedic surgeons prescribe firm compression stockings. If your doctor hasn’t specified a pressure grade, ask if they approve of knee-high socks rated 20-30 mmHg.

Compression Socks and Precautions after HIP REPLACEMENT

Generally, you’ll need to observe hip precautions for six to 12 weeks after hip surgery, but the time frame depends on how fast you heal. At a minimum, it takes around five weeks for your bones to begin to fuse with the implant. Safe positioning keeps the hardware from becoming dislocated and causing serious problems.

Step by step
Step by step

Dislocation Risk

The hip joint basically consists of two bones, a ball-shaped one that fits into the one shaped like a cavity or “socket.” To replace them, the surgeon must separate the muscles holding these bones together. This process overstretches the muscles, weakening them, making it easy for the new ball to slip from its socket in certain poses.

Who should wear compression socks
Stylish Compression Socks

Evidence of dislocation may include:

  • audible popping
  • severe pain in the hip and groin
  • the leg recovering from surgery is shorter than the other leg
  • difficulty moving leg and/or walking
Compression socks for sports
Compression Socks for Sports

Dislocation is unwelcome because restoring the implant requires hospitalization. The restorative procedure, called a “reduction,” is performed with a patient under general anesthesia or light sedation. With a mild dislocation, a surgeon can reposition the bones without cutting any tissues. After reduction, to prevent subsequent dislocation, a brace is usually worn.

Avoid pain
Leg Pain

Hip Restrictions

Once your muscles regain their strength, they’ll hold your hip joint securely, making restricted movement unnecessary. Meanwhile, the precautions are critical:

  • Do not cross your legs at the ankles or knees. Keep your legs about 6 inches apart.
  • When seated, keep your hips slightly higher than your knees, sitting on a pillow if necessary. Avoid using low toilets, chairs, couches, and beds. Sit in chairs that have arms.
  • When standing up, grasp the armrests and slide your body to the edge of the chair. Avoid leaning forward to stand. When sitting back down, try to keep the back straight.
  • When sitting or lying down, don’t pull the knees toward the chest.
  • While standing, don’t raise the knee above the hip that has been replaced.
  • Don’t let the foot of the operated leg turn inward, whether seated, standing, or lying down. Also, keep toes pointed outward when walking.
  • Don’t sleep on the side the surgery was performed on.
  • Use aids that minimize bending, including a long-handled shoehorn, reacher, and Velcro shoe closures rather than laces.
Open Toe
Open Toe

Compression Socks and Precautions after KNEE REPLACEMENT

After knee replacement, dislocation is rare. Still, during the three months of post-op recovery, you’ll need to modify some activities to avoid rupturing the stitches or staples at the incision and to keep from straining the knee muscles.

Perfect fit!
Perfect fit!

Knee Restrictions

  • Avoid putting on pants or socks while standing. Either sit on a chair or the edge of the bed. Do not occupy low chairs, soft chairs, sofas, rockers, or stools.
  • Choose furniture with armrests since their leverage facilitates standing. The best way to exit a chair is by sliding to the edge, gripping the arms, and pushing yourself up.
  • When seated, aim the knees and feet forward rather than turned inward or out.
  • Never squat or jerk the leg where the knee has been replaced.
  • Avoid extreme forward bending and reaching.
  • Use accessories that minimize bending, including a long-handled shoehorn, reacher, and Velcro shoe closures versus laces.
Useful gear
Useful gear

How to Put On Compression Socks with a Helper

Now, let’s discuss how to put on compression socks:

It is important to note that until your doctor cancels your movement restrictions, another person must put the socks on for you.

Positioning

The best way to work with your assistant is by taking a position that doesn’t strain their back. Ideally, sit on a chair or the edge of your bed, with your legs over the side. Avoid letting your feet dangle, as they’ll likely turn inward. If your feet don’t reach the floor, place them on a footrest, or box.

Compression socks for shin splints
Compression Socks for Shin Splints

Turning a stocking inside out makes it easier to manage. To do this, your helper should hold their palm up and slide their arm through the back of the hose, until they grasp the heel. Next, they should tuck the heel under their thumb, resembling a sock puppet. Still holding the heel, the helper should pull the sock down and over their arm. With the toe right-side out, they can slide the hose off their arm and turn it over.

Easy method
Easy Method

Holding your foot straight, your helper should place the sock on your toes and then roll it halfway up your foot. (At this point, they may apply rubber gloves to help with gripping.) Then, they should slide the rest of the sock up your calf and leg so that the stocking ends two finger-widths below the knee. After your assistant straightens the hose, they should smooth the fabric with their palms. Repeat the process for the other leg.

Note: Before dressing further, make sure the fabric is free of wrinkles, bunching, and folds as this can impede your circulation. For the same reason, never cuff the top of the stocking.

Elegant!
Fun and Fancy Compression Socks

Sock Removal

Taking compression socks off is easy with a helper. With both hands, your helper should grip the top of the stocking and slide it down over the leg, inside out. After pulling the hose over your heel and supporting your calf, your helper should be able to easily slip the sock off your foot.

How to Put On Compression Socks By Yourself

Once your doctor lifts the movement restrictions, you can apply the stockings independently. With this milestone, your healing is well underway! However, even after a full recovery, you should still avoid extreme bending.

Compression socks come with benefits
Compression Sock Benefits

To make wearing compression socks easier, an array of clever gadgets are available. You’ll find them at surgical supply stores and online, sold as “donning and doffing aids.” Your physical therapist can likely recommend a particular design or brand that’s ideal for you. Here are two examples, along with video demos and links to sellers:

Medi Butler – This is an upright metal frame with a stirrup in the center that holds the sock inside out, stretching it open. First, slide the stocking over the stirrup until you see the heel pocket. After placing your foot inside the sock, step onto the floor and pull the frame toward you.

Compression socks good for sports
Compression socks good for sports

The Mediven Butler Off streamlines hose removal. It consists of a long aluminum rod with a shoehorn-like device at one end and a plastic handle at the other. Hook the horn on the back of your stocking and slide it along your skin. Upon reaching your ankle, point your toes down. Then, push the horn toward your toes and slip off the sock.

Wearing Compression Socks to Control Swelling

After both hip and knee replacements, swelling around the incision is normal. Additionally, fluid may accumulate in the ankle and foot on the joint-replacement side. This swelling or “edema” can persist for several weeks to months, particularly after knee surgery. While elastic compression stockings can be open toe or closed toe, differing by whether fabric covers the whole foot, closed-toe styles are best for foot edema. Since open toe socks don’t support the foot as well, any postoperative swelling may worse.

Ready to go with your socks on
Ready to go with your socks on

Typically, edema is lowest in the morning because leg elevation during sleep directs the blood toward your heart. Applying compression socks is the easiest and most effective first thing in the morning. Remove the hose at bedtime, unless your doctor instructs otherwise. Continue daily wear until edema resolves.

Always adhere to your doctor’s protocols for how to put on compression stockings safely.

Wearing Compression Socks

Once you can put on your compression socks, you’ll be ready to go! Wearing compression socks is a simple way to speed your recovery. Through daily use, you’ll have the possibility of better circulation, tissue mending, drug delivery, pain relief, and reduction of swelling. You’ll also cut the chances of getting a blood clot which can be dangerous or even life-threatening. Who would have thought that a pair of socks could save your life?

General Precautions

The material presented on ComproGear.com is meant to be educational, not overriding professional medical advice. Always heed the instructions of your surgeon and rehab team concerning your post-op care. If something hurts, it’s probably wrong–stop and ask your doctor or nurse for help. Double-check with your doctor or rehab specialist to make sure you’re wearing your compression socks properly as you move along the journey toward health and healing.

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