Zip Sox, marketed and sold by Telebrands, are zippered compression socks made from nylon and spandex that are used to reduce and relieve swollen legs and ankles. The thing Telebrands claims makes Zip Sox different from other compression socks is the long zipper that runs along the side, making them easier to put on and take off.
Telebrands is a 30-year-old company responsible for the “As Seen On TV” logo. They are accredited by the BBB and currently have an A- rating for prompt resolution to complaints about their hundreds of products.
The Zip Sox Pitch
This product is targeted at seniors who have difficulties and pain associated with their legs. Zip Sox touts the zipper makes it less of a struggle to put on and that the nude color makes them almost invisible. They promote these compression stockings will provide instant relief to throbbing, stiffness, or aching.
How Zip Sox Work
Zip Sox are essentially a compression stocking with a zipper that runs to the ankle. Compression has been shown to reduce leg swelling (see here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15099316). Zip Sox comes in 2 sizes (S/M or L/XL) and nude or black color. They state ou can wear your Zip Sox day or night and can help with swelling, edema, varicose veins, stiffness, and poor blood circulation. They tout the nylon/spandex is breathable and Zip Sox are comfortable to wear, even in long trips in the car to see the grandkids.
Zip Sox Cost:
$26.98 ($19.99 plus $6.99 S&H). At time of checkout you can add another pair for another $9.99 in fees.
You have 30 days to try Zip Sox and if they don’t give you the pain and swelling relief you desire, you can return them for your $19.99 but not any S&H fees. As with all Telebrands products, you must include a written explanation with your return as to why Zip Sox did not work for you or you could be denied.
Bottom Line: Is Zip Sox a Scam?
Compression stockings are beneficial to many older people who have swelling or poor circulation in the legs, and the zipper seems like a good idea, making them easier and less painful to take on and off. However, sites such as VeinDirectory.org and National Library of Medicine suggest that compression socks should be prescribed by a doctor and fitted for each patient. There are different levels of compression that should be considered, as well as gradient compression that starts at the ankle and lessens as it moves up the calf, which is especially important for preventing blood clots. Some people need compression stockings of different lengths.
That said, Zip Sox are basically low-level compression socks of an unknown pressure; compression stocking strength is usually listed in mmHg, with 10-20 mmHg being the most common for over-the-counter. You may experience some relief with Zip Sox, but if you have a serious medical condition with your legs, you should first see a doctor and get a prescription.
What do you think? Have you tried Zip Sox and did they help you with swelling or pain? Let us know below!