How do I put on the compression socks?

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Isobar socks are designed to deliver specific pressures to the leg. To prolong the life of the sock, it is important to put the sock on correctly and follow the instructions below:

  • Turn the body of the sock inside out holding the heel with your finger and thumb, with only the heel visible and the foot inside the inverted body

  • Holding the heel, push your foot in place until your toes can be felt against the toe of the sock

  • Gripping with your finger and thumb, ease up the body of the sock over the heel/ankle with the heel of the sock located over your heel and then lay the sock over the calf without pulling more than necessary to remove creases

  • Make sure you do not pull the sock too far up the leg as this spreads out the elastic fibres

  • For the open toe sock, make sure the end of the garment is where the little toe joins the foot

  • Take care not to snag the garment with fingernails or jewellery – you may choose to take off jewellery or wear rubber gloves to reduce this risk.

What happens when my leg / arm is scanned?

We ask you to remove clothing on the lower leg or arm and we scan it to produce a millimetre perfect 3-D image which is used to programme a computer-driven knitting machine. This machine produces a precisely fitting plastic garment. This process takes only 10-15 seconds and we can instruct the knitting machine to deliver a stocking of whatever pressure profile you need.

How long does my order take?

From scanning your leg or arm to delivery of your custom fit product takes 6-8 working days.

How do I reorder?

Contact you local scanning centre. We will keep your details on file so you will not need another scan unless there has been a 10% or more change in your weight or a significant injury affecting the limb.

What should I do if I experience discomfort?

If you experience severe discomfort from wearing Isobar Compression socks or any swelling or numbness in the foot area or toes, you should remove the stocking. Seek advice from your doctor.

How should I wash the garments?

Wash the garments at 40 degrees centigrade with a mild detergent. Do not wring, dry flat and away from direct heat (do not tumble dry).

Where are the garments made?

All garments are manufactured in the UK at our production base in Manchester.

How were the garments developed?

Isobar compression is the result of a collaboration of medical and textile innovation by the Departments of Textiles and Surgery at Manchester University, led by Professor of Surgery Charles McCollum, a leading vascular surgeon.

What is the difference from normal flight socks?

Isobar Compression socks are vastly more effective than off-the-shelf compression, as without a bespoke fit, the pressure delivered by the garment is essentially unknown. Isobar's technology is unique in that it can deliver a bespoke fit as well as accurate, precise pressures, which no off-the-shelf product can do. It is based on the unique patented approach of scanning your 3D profile (which gives perfect fit) and producing the prescribed (desired) pressure to be knitted into the garment. Research has shown that 20 mmHg compression reduces venous blood transit time through the calf by 38%. For people at high risk of DVT, 25 mmHg compression is advised as this halves the venous transit time.

How do compression socks and sleeves help athletes?

There is good evidence that pressures in the range 20-30mmHg reduce muscle soreness (DOMS), remove waste products of exercise more rapidly and help improve performance earlier following exercise and training. During exercise, compression has been shown to reduce pain as well as muscle damage, improve endurance ability by increasing the return of blood to the heart and prevent joint injury by increasing the athlete's awareness of the limb in space (proprioception). It also helps athletes when travelling to reduce the risk of DVT.

Elite athletes are at increased risk of DVT when travelling due to well-developed calf muscles with large veins producing more profound venous stasis when sitting in coaches or airplanes. If the muscle has also been inflamed by recent match play or training, the risk of DVT is even higher and could potentially terminate a sporting career.

How does the ankle injury garment work?

Application of pressure as soon as an injury occurs prevents swelling, allows earlier surgery and results in more rapid recovery following both ankle sprain and fracture (Sultan M. et al, 2014 & Sultan M. et al, 2012). The ankle injury garment has been produced to deliver pressure to the ankle immediately after injury, which allows for more rapid assessment and treatment of the athlete or patient who has experienced damage to the ankle. Compression is equally effective for all lower leg injuries including ruptured tendons or pulled muscles.

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