__FAQ Compression

  1. What differentiates O-motion from other compression socks?

    - extra strong compression
    - perfect sizing
    - made in Germany and based on years of experience in the medical field

    O-motion compression sports socks are produced on special machines that make it possible to produce socks with the extra strong O-motion compression. The compression is of a class II medical compression.

    Extra strong compression has extra advantages:

    The high level of compression means that our compression socks provide an even stronger support for the blood circulation than other compression socks. Our socks thereby ensure a more effective transport of oxygen through the blood system. The second advantage of a greater strength of compression is a particularly strong support for the calf muscles thereby helping to prevent typical sports injuries associated with these such as: calf cramps, ruptures of the muscle fibre and shin pain.

    The sizing makes all the difference:
    The compression gradient is just as important as the strength of compression. The compression must be strongest at the ankle and (medically graduated) less strong towards the knee. On the one hand, this is  achieved through our technically sophisticated production. On the other hand, an essential aspect of compression is finding a perfect fit. O-motion?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s sizing is geared to the individual sportsman/woman?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s leg size and therefore ensures that the sizing is absolutely perfect. The better the fit, the better the effect on performance!

    Approx. 350 metres of compression thread (Powerthread) of 430 denier are used per sock!

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  2. How is the O-motion perfect fit achieved?

    Not every compression sock has the desired effect. The form of one´s legs and muscles varies from person to person just as the requirements of one's sports socks will vary.  In order to achieve the optimal effect, O-motion professional socks are individually fitted using three different measurements.  Both the ankle AND the calf measurements are required in order to achieve the desired drop off of compression further up the leg. This ensures that the 'used' blood is effectively transported back and the supply of oxygen- enriched blood is speeded up.  The third and final measurement is that of the length of one's foot - for each ankle and calf combination there are four different shoe sizes available.

    Taking detailed measurements is not time consuming. However, if this is not done properly, sizing, comfort and the effect of the socks will be compromised: for example, sportsmen and women with the same calf size can have very different shoe sizes and of course vice versa.

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  3. Where can you buy O-motion compression socks?

    O-motion is available in specialist sports retailers as well as sports orientated medical suppliers.

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  4. Are there any differences between O-motion men´s and women´s products?

    According to our experience, the most important attribute of the socks is an optimal fit. This is determined by taking exact measurements. It is therefore not necessary to have different versions for women and men.

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  5. Is there any danger of overheating when wearing O-motion in summer?

    Due to the XtraDryFresh material used to make O-motion compression sports socks, they are also suitable for use in summer for a great many outdoor sports such as: running, triathlons, cycling, trekking/hiking, football etc.
    Moisture is quickly transported to the outside. The evaporation has a cooling effect. Many sportsmen and women enhance this effect by wetting the socks with water. However, the moisture does not effect the compression.
    Compression socks are particularly useful in summer. The heat causes the vascular system to expand and this slows down the blood circulation. Compression helps to counterbalance this effect.

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  6. What does "partial" compression mean?

    "Partial compression" is related to the marketing terminology of just one producer.  The desired effect of compression for sportsmen and women (leaving aside the stabilising effect) is to achieve a better supply of oxygen to the muscles through the blood circulation. This involves a faster transport of 'used' blood from one's legs, which can then be enriched with oxygen and transported back to one's muscles.  In order to achieve this, as well as a sufficient strength of compression, the compression must be at a falling GRADIENT (or anatomically/ medically graded). This means that at the lowest point (here one's ankle) the compression is strongest and falls off as it goes up the calf. In this way the blood is transported back to the heart faster.

    If the pressure were stronger at the top than at the bottom, this would obstruct the backflow of blood to the heart. The socks would then cut into one's skin and the effect would be counterproductive.  For this reason, there is never "partial" versus "full" compression. There is only effective compression.

    Some so-called compression socks have the same amount of pressure throughout the sock. This does not help to speed up the desired backflow of the blood supply, but at least it isn´t harmful. However, if the backflow is stopped or disrupted (partial compression), it is hard to imagine a positive effect on the oxygen supply.

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  7. What effect does the thread used in O-motion sports socks have on comfort?

    O-motion Powergarn thread is enwinded with XtraDry Fresh functional thread. The advantage of this thread is a particularly speedy transport of moisture in order to keep the skin dry. This helps prevent blisters and the skin remains cooler (evaporation cooling).  Silver ions worked into the thread are antibacterial and help against foot odour.

    Plush zones on the insoles, tips of the toes and heels enable the sock to fit better on the foot and protect against pressure marks.  More padding has been incorporated in various parts of the sock such as the ankle, the Achilles tendon and the back of the foot for optimal comfort.

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