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Glossary of Terms


Anti Microbial Silver Plates

Nano-silver plates are engineered into specific triangular shapes to provide optimal antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and micro-current properties. The nano-silver plates are fabricated to standards for medical devices. 


A species of camel-like animals from South America, similar to but not the same as a llama. The primary difference is size as llamas are somewhat larger.

Domesticated alpacas live at high altitudes across a variety of South American countries. Unlike llamas, alpacas were specifically bred for the quality of their coats. Alpaca fiber is prized for its softness, thermal qualities, water-wicking ability, and breathability.  


Nano-copper fiber is composed of a permanently bound nano-copper to a matrix of nylon fibers. In Vive Wear products, the fiber is key to the creation of micro-currents which have been shown to aid in the healing process. 


Dermatitis is a condition of the skin noted by redness, swelling, and soreness. At times it can be accompanied by blistering or scaling. Dermatitis can have a variety of causes, but contact dermatitis is caused by direct irritation of the skin by something in contact with the skin. This can be an allergic reaction or iritation due to friction or minor trauma. 

Deep Vein Thrombosis

A condition in which there is a clot or local blood coagulation in one of the bodies deep veins, especially in the legs. Deep vein thrombosis can be a painful, obvious condition, or a relatively silent, unknown condition. The risk, beyond the potential for pain and discomfort, is that the clot breaks up, causing a pulmonary embolism, where blood flow in the lungs is blocked. 

Diabetic Foot Ulcer

A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore, usually on the bottom of the foot, caused by a break in the skin that is either slow to heal or recurrent. The complications surrounding foot ulceration precede the majority of the amputations related to diabetes. 


Edema is the medical term for swelling. When small blood vessels like into surrounding tissue, this is edema, and is experienced as swelling of the affected area. 

Graduated Compression

Graduated compression, especially in graduated compression socks or stockings, refers to applying more pressure lower down the leg toward the ankle, and less pressure further up the leg. Graduated compression promotes improved circulation, and is frequently recommended for people with a variety of medical conditions or those in professions that have them constantly on their feet. 


High blood pressure, especially abnormally high blood pressure. 


Merino is a breed of sheep whose wool is prized for a number of remarkable properties, including fineness, breathability, thermal regulation, moisture wicking, and even odor resistance. It is a key ingredient in Vive Wear


Weak electrical currents (>1 microampere) that are credited with aiding tissue repair, inhibiting bacterial growth, and aiding in recovery as it enhances the body's natural mechanisms. 


PTFE coated nylon is used to reduce friction and increase the durability of fabrics. Found in high-quality rain-gear, this material is used on the outside (away from the skin) of Vive Wear products, especially in high-wear areas. 


Typically in reference to amputation, transtibial refers to the area of the leg below the knee. 


A condition where there is the presence of a blood clot or local blood coagulation in a blood vessel, either vein or artery. Two common examples are deep vein thrombosis and coronary or artery thrombosis. The clot itself is referred to as a "thrombus" from the Greek thrombus meaning clump, lump, or curd.

Venous Stasis Ulcer

A sore or wound, typically on the leg or ankle, that is resistant to healing and caused by abnormal vein function. The issue with the veins can have a number of different causes, including hereditary conditions, blood clots, injury, obesity, and aging. 

Wound Dehiscence 

A complication after a surgery where the wound opens or splits along the site of the surgical incision.




Sizing Chart

Choose a sock size that will safely fit the largest foot, ankle and calf measurement.

Measure at the widest part of the calf.

Measure at the smallest part of the ankle just above the ankle bones.






Vive Wear®Compression Sock Size Chart

Calf Circumference Inches 10.5-13.0 13.0-15.0 14.0-15.5 15.0-18.0 17.5-21.5
  CM 27.0-32.0 33.0-38.0 36.0-40.0 38.0-46.0 45.0-55.0
Ankle Circumference Inches 7.5 - 8.5 8.0-10.0 9.0-11.0 10.0-12.5 11.5-14.0
  CM 19.0-22.0 21.0-25.0 23.0-28.0 26.0-32.0 30.0-36.0
Shoe Size  Inches 3.0 - 5.0 6.0 - 8.0 8.0-11.0 11.0-13.0 13.0-15.0


How to Choose your Vive Size for Prosthetic Shrinkers

Choose a prosthetic shrinker size that will safely fit the calf and thigh circumference.

Measure 4 finger widths above the patella (knee cap)

Measure at the widest part of the calf.






Vive Wear® below knee

Prosthetic Shrinker Size Chart

Compression 20-30 mmHg / Length 15-15 3/4” 38-40 cm

Thigh Inches 15.75-17.75 17.75-19.5 19.5-22
  CM 40-45 45-50 50-56
Calf Inches 13.75-15.75 15.75-17.75 17.75-19.25
  CM 35-40 40-45 45-49