“We pushed hard throughout 2020 to develop socks that could also help keep our health workers safer.”

Shane Cooper

Founder & chief sockologist,



DeFeet introduces high-tech socks for healthcare workers

Posted January 11, 2020


HILDEBRAN, N.C. – DeFeet announced it has completed the development on a new sock design, the Decompressor Medical. Made specifically for those who work in the medical and healthcare field, the Decompressor Medical has features to help medical workers deal with the unique demands of the workplace.


As the COVID-19 virus spreads, DeFeet has readied its first shipments of Decompressor Medical socks.


“With our long history making socks and accessories for endurance sports like cycling and running, we knew we could craft socks that help medical workers be more comfortable in their jobs,” said Shane Cooper, founder and chief sockologist of DeFeet. “We pushed hard throughout 2020 to develop socks that could also help keep our health workers safer.”


Cooper added: “We experimented with a lot of fit and fiber combinations, and we found what we were looking for.”


DeFeet chose an antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal fiber made with COPPTECH technology, a Copper Zinc yarn. The yarn allows the sock to inhibit the growth of microbes that can accumulate on the feet and lower legs and can reduce their spread to extremities that come into contact with those areas.  


While many companies joined the fight against COVID-19 by switching their production to make face masks, DeFeet chose to stay with its core competency: knitting socks at its own factory in Hildebran, N.C. The choice was based on where the company believed it could contribute the most.


“Long workdays, standing and walking for hours at a time, that’s really hard on the feet and legs. That fatigue affects the whole body and our ability to focus on helping others,” Cooper said.


The Decompressor Medical has a lightweight sheer knee-high fit using DeFeet’s world renowned Aireator® mesh fabric. The result is a subtle compression that supports the entire lower leg, making it better suited for the rigors of the medical profession. 


The all new DeFeet DeCompressor employs comfortable 15-20mmHG compression providing all-day support to help keep medical workers comfortable. The natural COPPTECH yarns hold feet in a healthier, low-moisture environment. Decompressor Medical is available in three lengths and four sizes.


DeFeet is known worldwide for quality and covers every pair of medical socks with a Five-Year Satisfaction Guarantee. The company is even offering the Decompressor Medical direct to medical professionals for 50% off the retail price for a limited time. MSRP is $40.00 and currently $20.00 to those with a medical card. There is a five pair limit per customer. 


Quotes from medical professionals:


“These DeFeet DeCompressor over-the-calf socks are the best product I have found in over 40 years of using this kind of sock for support during long hours of medical care in ERs, ORs and clinics. The amount of compression seems perfect. My legs are not swollen, they do not feel fatigued at the end of shift, and these socks are comfortable throughout the workday, or work night. The new technology developed since I first began wearing this kind of sock is impressive. I appreciate the benefits of these socks, including that they  do not seem to trap heat, my legs stay comfortably cool during wear. The use of COPPTECH technology with its copper-zinc component adds to their health benefits and helps to prevent odors.”

- Dr. Nick Frankel


"Nurses and healthcare workers have been tireless heroes through this pandemic. They spend most of their time in motion. We are so fortunate to have a local manufacturer who is making a comfortable compression sock using COPPTECH technology. This sock contributes to healthier, happier legs and feet. Try them!"

- Allister Morris, RN, MSN, NEA-BC


Source: DeFeet

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