Why were Vive Wear Compression Socks Invented? 

Dr. Marcus Duda has been actively treating and researching the foot and ankle 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 leg and foot 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 treatment is effective in the long run. 

Dr. Duda knew there was another way, so he invented Vive Wear

His designs are:

What are the results of Vive Wear compression socks?

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



Compression Socks Made for Revolutionary Comfort


Nano-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. The nano-silver plates are permanently bonded to the merino wool and alpaca. Independent studies have demonstrated that the silver will not leach out of the sock even after repeated machine washings. 


Nano-copper fiber is composed of a permanently bound nano-copper to a matrix of nylon fibers.  The properties of the nano-copper combined in a patented design with the nano-silver plates creates a galvanic cell that generates a micro-current in the sock.

PTFE Nylon

PTFE coated nylon is used to reinforce the high abrasion areas of the heel and foot to reduce friction and increase the durability of the sock.  By minimizing friction, PTFE reduces the chance of skin blisters and protects the wool and alpaca from wear. The unique design of the sock places the nylon with PTFE on the outside of the high wear areas of the sock and places the alpaca and merino wool against the skin for maximum comfort.

Compression socks with an 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. 

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

A Decade of Compression Sock 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.  

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.

What size compression sock is right for me?

Vive Wear 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 Prosthetic Shrinker sizing?

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 13.75-15.75 15.75-17.75 17.75-19.5 19.5-22 22-24
  CM 35-40 40-45 45-50 50-56 56-60
Calf Inches 11.75-13.75 13.75-15.75 15.75-17.75 17.75-19.25 19.25-21
  CM 30-35 35-40 40-45 45-49 49-54