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About OS1st

We want to keep you active and doing what you love, not spending time waiting for your latest pain or unfortunate new injury to go away.

Here's how we do that:

  • We create premium products that target a variety of conditions including overuse injuries and chronic pain. And, we think you're worth it, so we use high-quality materials and Compression Zone® Technology.
  • We think the best place to purchase our products is at your local retailer so they can show you even more products to keep you pain free and keep jobs in your local area. 
All three generations of the Higgins' family on the steps of their office

How it started 

We were founded in 2008 by Dave Higgins who grew us into a “Three-Generation” company with his son, Josh, as President, and grandson, DK, as Operations Manager. 

OS1st is built on the Higgins' collective years of manufacturing leadership and consulting in the medical device and sports industries. The first product was the FS6 Performance Foot Sleeve, which used Dave's patented Compression Zone Technology to lift and stretch the plantar fascia to target Plantar Fasciitis symptoms. 

In 2018, we debuted our first sock -- the Plantar Fasciitis Sock -- and grew it into a line of Socks with Purpose that target specific conditions, helping customers overcome bunions, Achilles tendonitis, circulation, diabetes, among other conditions. 

While HQ is located in the Higgins' hometown of Hickory, N.C., the OS1st "family" extends all over the country with over 2,000 independent retailers and in 22 countries including the United Kingdom and Democratic Taiwan. 

    Why you feel better in our products

    All OS1st products are made on top-of-the-line, precision knitting machines that allow for advanced textile engineering. We've applied our engineering in patented technology exclusive to our socks and sleeves. 

    Compression Zone Technology®

    We apply targeted zones of compression from moderate to firm within a sleeve or sock to target specific conditions like Plantar Fasciitis, runner's knee, tennis elbow and more. 

    Learn more about Compression Zone Technology

    K-Zone® Technology 

    KZT® uses hypoallergenic gel stabilizer systems with high resistance fabrication zones to provide the benefits of kinesiology taping treatment without the inconvenience of its temporary and binding nature. 

    Learn more about K-Zone Technology

    Skin Thin® Technology

    The Skin Thin® construction is applied to socks and calf sleeves for an unmatched cooling experience. The ultra-thin panels are paired with uniquely positioned lift-bars that maximize air-flow next to the skin for a cooling sensation.