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FS4 socks shown with their four zones of compression

How to find quality compression stockings, socks, and sleeves

Whether you are a seasoned runner or an everyday athlete, new to the fitness game or just want the benefits of compression gear for blood flow, make sure you purchase it from a company that is knowledgeable of what true medical compression gear is and how it will benefit your performance and recovery time. 
  • Ask the seller or check the packaging for a compression level. If a retailer is selling actual medical grade compression gear, they will be knowledgeable of what compression levels are in the brands they are selling, or it will at least be on the package.
  • Check the level of compression - Only 15-20 mmHg will most likely not have enough compression impact on your circulation.  As a runner or athlete, you already have stronger than normal muscle tissue assisting with pumping venous flow, you will only benefit from medical grade compression of at least 20-30 mmHg.
  • Accurate Sizing - True compression garments will provide you with accurate sizing guides to ensure the sock or sleeve fits well enough to compress but not so tight that is constricts blood flow. 

 The OS1st compression socks and sleeves have multiple sections, or zones, that feature a different level of compression. The zones range from light, 10-15 mmHg, to firm, 20-30 mmHg, and each zone has its own specifically designed function. The changing levels of compression zones throughout each device is what prevents injuries, increases your performance, and speeds up your recovery time.