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How it Began

Dr. Marcus Duda's has been actively treating and researching wounds of the lower extremities for over 20 years. That interest led him to develop new solutions for treatment and prevention for his patients.

In both his clinical research and practice he recognized that there is a single factor that significantly increases the success of non-surgical lower limb wound care. 

Can patients consistently and comfortably live with the treatment?

Compression systems are the de facto solution for many kinds of lower limb wounds and conditions, including edema and venous stasis ulcers, but many of them are impractical, difficult to use, made of irritating materials or generally uncomfortable. 

Consistent use also determines whether the course of wound care treatment is effective in the long run. 

Dr. Duda knew there was another way, and this led to the Vive Wear medical compression sock & compression sleeve combination

His designs are:

  • Precision engineered for specifically for wound care - Vive Wear medical compression socks incorporate a patented system of silver and copper layers that enhance healing.
  • Comfortable — designed for constant wear with premium alpaca and merino wool for both breathability, moisture wicking, and softness.
  • Easy to Use - The vast majority of users can put Vive Wear compression products on by themselves, and can change them any time they want to or need to.

What are the results?

The results, in both clinical and patient trials, with consistent and constant use, have been startling:

  • Wounds that heal quickly
  • Wounds that stay healed
  • Fewer complications & doctors visits

Made for Revolutionary Comfort


  • Softness: Superfine baby alpaca is one of the softest natural fibers
  • Comfort: alpaca contains no lanolin and is hypoallergenic
  • Thermal Properties: contains microscopic air pockets, which provides protection from both head AND cold
  • Water Absorption: alpaca fiber is naturally water resistant and wicks away body moisture, providing comfort even when wet.
  • Breathability: alpaca has superior breathability compared to synthetic fibers. 


  • Softness: Superfine merino wool is regarded as having the softest and finest wool of any sheep
  • Antibacterial: alpaca contains no lanolin and is hypoallergenic
  • Thermal Properties: excellent at regulating body temperature. 
  • Water Absorption: excellent at wicking away moisture. The fibers are naturally both hydrophobic (repel water) and hydrophilic (attracts water) and provide comfort when wet

Industry Leading Ease of Use

Since consistent, constant use is key to life-long success for those that need compression products, Vive Wear has changed the game. Vive Wear compression products are easy to don and doff, whenever you need to, whether you need to take a shower, or whether it is simply time to change socks for cleaning. 

Read our step-by-step guide to putting on your compression socks!

The Research

Read more on the research behind the Vive Wear products. The years we’ve spent developing and perfecting our medical compression socks and shrinkers has been heavily influenced by both clinical and patient trials.

Read more about our studies on ulcer care and compression stockings. 

Read our study on compression stockings and edema treatment. 

Who is Dr. Duda?


Dr. Marcus Duda sees patients as a general orthopedic surgeon with a subspecialty in the care and treatment of the foot and ankle, including lower extremity wound care in Greensboro, North Carolina. He has a special interest in foot and ankle surgery, as well as diabetic foot care and complex wounds of the lower extremities. He has been in practice for more than 20 years.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and active member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, as well as the Wound Healing Society (WHS) and the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC). 

Dr. Duda is Board Certified by the American Board Orthopaedic Surgery. 

Vive Wear Awards

sawc whs award for edema wound care

The Vive Wear Medical Compression sock system was recognized with a 1st Place Award at the 27th Annual Symposium on Advanced Wound Care & Wound Healing Society (SAWC & WHS) in 2014. The award recognized his abstract, "Case Series Evaluation of a Novel Compression Stocking for the Treatment of Lower Extremity Edema Wounds" and validated his new approach to treating lower extremity wounds.