What’s the difference between the Athletic PODsox and the Original PODsox?

The Original PODsox are stockings.  They are a relatively thin, smooth blend of Spandex and Nylon (our Nylon is made from recycled coffee grounds!  Click here to learn more about this amazing “coffee yarn“!) .  When properly sized, Classic PODsox provide 15-20 mmHg of graded compression. Nurses, people who travel, wait staff and just about anyone with legs can benefit from wearing graded compression.

The Athletic PODsox are true socks.  They are thicker than the classic PODsox yet provide the same graded compression of 15-20 mmHg They have more cushion in the foot and are great for any activity. Athletic PODsox are also treated with a cool n dry finish, making them wick sweat away from your feet.  If you’re running a marathon or walking though the airport you will love the compression and comfort of the Athletic PODsox!

Compression Sleeves.  We’re super excited about our new line of sleeves.  We brought this line on in response to YOUR requests!  PODsox compression sleeves provide 20-30 mmHg of graded compression.  Because they stop at your ankle, the possibilities are endless!  Want to wear them hiking and keep the support when you slip on your flip flops?  Boom.  Done.  You can wear PODsox compression sleeves with any short sock you wish for a customizable foot feel, or, be bold and let your toes go toe-tally bare!

How to I decide?!

  • If you have never worn compression before and are unsure if your will like compression, start with our original PODsox.  They have high enough compression to be clinically effective, but not so high that most people even notice them after a few minutes.
  • If you have ever been recommended to wear a specific level of compression (e.g. after vein surgery or due to a diagnosed medical condition), follow your medical doctor’s advice.
  • While there is no research data to back up statements that higher level compression (i.e., PODsox calf sleeves) have greater benefits in blood flow when compared to lower levels, many people find that they like the feeling of support provided by the higher level compression, especially with athletic activity


Custom Classic PODsox

Classic PODsox have unlimited options!  Are you looking for a promotional item that is super fun, will get worn again and again AND gets your name out there?  POD Sox can do that! We also have bulk pricing available on our in-stock products with discounts starting at 20 pairs. PODsox are great for Nurse’s week!  Contact us at info@pod-sox.com for information.


Who wears PODsox?

All the cool kids do!  PODsox are compression stockings with a specific pressure gradient designed to prevent DVTs  (see definition for DVT below).  However, LOTS of people wear compression stockings!  Nurses who stand all day, athletes whose legs get tired, travelers on long trips, and other folks who just like the supportive feeling of gentle compression.  The increased venous blood return from wearing PODsox just feels good!  (Note:  if you have a circulatory problem, consult your MD before wearing these or any compressive garments.)

Can I wear PODsox if I haven’t had surgery?
Yep! absolutely! If you have legs you can benefit from compression sox! They look good and make your legs feel great!

What compression level do PODsox provide?

When sized properly (see sizing chart on ordering page for each pair of sox), classic and athletic PODsox provide 20 mmHg at the ankle and 15 mmHg at the calf.   Our calf sleeves provide 30 mmHg compression at the ankle and 20 mmHg compression at the calf.  It is very important for accurate compression that you wear the correct size stocking. Beware when buying compression stockings as they are not all created equal! If they are not sized (i.e. one size fits all) or are sized off of your shoe size they cannot possibly provide a accurate level of compression. POD Sox are sized off your calf because that is where your lower leg blood vessels live and where troublesome DVT’s can form.

How do I know what my correct size is?

Sizing is the most important part! All PODsox are Unisex. If they aren’t sized correctly they won’t provided the support and you won’t be happy…we want you to be happy so please measure! Measure the largest part of your calf and refer to the size chart on the shop page. If you are on the border/between sizes, measure your ankle and use that as a tie breaker. You foot size is NOT good way to determine your size for PODsox. We recommend that you base your size primarily off of your calf measurement, as this will provide the most accurate and comfortable fit!

How long will my sox last?

We would love to tell that they will last forever…but that’s simply not true. If you take care to wash them according to directions they should last between 30-50 wash and wear cycles (the industry stand for compression stockings). After that time they can lose compression and may no longer be providing the support you’re looking for…so buy two!

Caring for your Sox:

Hand or machine wash cold.  Use regular detergent.  Hang to dry…  If you can wait that long to put them back on…we know you love them…maybe you DO need 2 pairs! (note: hot water and machine drying can adversely affect the compression properties of your sox.)

Help!  My Sox are too long!

PODsox are made according to FDA standards for anti embolism stockings.  They are 80% nylon and 20% spandex.  As such, they stretch.  Quite a bit, actually.  The most common thing we see is that people like to pull on them really hard.  We recommend scrunching them up like you were going to apply pantyhose.  Slide the stocking up your leg and stop when the band is just below your knee.  Shimmy the material back down your calf until it is redistributed and there are no wrinkles.  This makes a lot more space around the toe box, too.  (helpful hint:  wear dishwashing gloves or get your hands slightly damp for the shimmy-ing.)  Unless you’re really, really short (we’re talking like elves and munchkins here…) the stockings should fit great once the material is wiggled around a bit.

Check out our how-to video:


To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging. As this product is considered a medical device, we are unable to make exceptions on this policy.

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase.

Refunds (if applicable)
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund.
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days.

Late or missing refunds (if applicable)
If you haven’t received a refund yet, first check your bank account again.
Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted.
Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted.
If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at

Sale items (if applicable)
Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items and mystery sox cannot be refunded.

Exchanges (if applicable)
We will gladly replace items if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at info@pod-sox.com and send your item to: PO Box 3000-195 Edwards US 81632.

For Surgical Patients:

Why am I wearing compression stockings after surgery anyway?

Anti-embolism stockings, or AES are tighter at the ankle with gradually decreasing pressure toward the calf. This precise reduction in pressure along the calf assists the body in pushing blood back up the leg toward the heart, thereby reducing the possibility that the blood will pool in the calf and create a blood clot.

Why am I wearing stockings when my surgery was on my shoulder?

The calf is the most common site for a blood clot–known in the medical field as a deep vein thrombosis or “DVT”). AES are recommended after many types of surgery (not just lower extremity surgeries!) due to the changes in your bodyʼs ability to form or break up blood clots after anesthesia, as well as due to reduced blood flow from having a lower-than-normal activity level after surgery.

Do these sox have a hole in the toe?

Nope.  The hole is primarily so your healthcare team in the hospital can check your toes.  We’ve found that once you leave the hospital, the hole is really annoying!  (besides, you’ve got scissors, right?)  Looking to free your feet?  Check out our calf sleeves!

What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis?*

Deep vein thrombosis (throm-BO-sis), or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together.

Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh. They also can occur in other parts of the body.

A blood clot in a deep vein can break off and travel through the bloodstream. The loose clot is called an embolus (EM-bo-lus). It can travel to an artery in the lungs and block blood flow. This condition is called pulmonary embolism (PULL-mun-ary EM-bo-lizm), or PE.

PE is a very serious condition. It can damage the lungs and other organs in the body and cause death.

Blood clots in the thighs are more likely to break off and cause PE than blood clots in the lower legs or other parts of the body. Blood clots also can form in veins closer to the skin’s surface. However, these clots won’t break off and cause PE.

*from the National Institute of Health website.