Buyer Beware: Low-grade Knockoff "Compression Foot Sleeves"
Every popular brand has its share of cheap knockoffs. Purses, watches, jeans... even breakfast cereals deal with this phenomenon. But when consumers rely on a product for pain relief, even prevention of injury, then the entry of a low-grade imitation into the market can mean inconvenience, even harm to unwary consumers. For that reason, ING Source, manufacturers of the OrthoSleeve family of products, want to issue the following warning to consumers regarding inferior products that have recently appeared on the market. The FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve by OrthoSleeve was designed to provide relief for one of the most common causes of chronic heel pain in the United States, plantar fasciitis. ING Source, makers of the OrthoSleeve family of products, used the patent pending Compression Zone Technology® to combine medical grade orthopedic support and graduated compression in a uniquely light and comfortable foot sleeve that eases pain, promotes good circulation for healing and recovery, and prevents recurrence of the condition when worn during activity. Within less than two years, the FS6 has sold over a million units, quickly becoming the premier product in its unique market space. Recently, two separate companies have released products quite obviously designed to capitalize on the success of the FS6 Compression Foot Sleeves. OrthoSleeve has tested these products and both are inferior in sizing, design and efficacy. One may even be dangerous! At first, it was flattering. After all, they wouldn't be copying it if it wasn't best-in-class. But we quickly realized that people could actually be buying these lower quality products thinking they're going to get the results they've come to expect from the FS6, and what's worse, they could even get hurt if they're relying on medical grade support that's just not there. You see, the specific levels of graduated compression that make up the patent pending Compression Zone Technology® woven into the FS6 are what provide the unparalleled level of support and comfort. Without those zones, the knockoffs are really no different from standard orthotic socks. Like all OrthoSleeve products, the FS6 has been approved by both the FDA and the APMA, a distinction the imitators can't claim. Also, the FS6 was reviewed and given the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance. In reality, we're glad to know our product is good enough to prompt this kind of attention. We just want to make sure the folks who deal with the pain of plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions don't waste their money because another company wants to make a quick buck.