London Bridge Sports Medicine have partnered with ISOBAR to deliver custom made compression stockings for our patients.
(A single purchase will consist of one pair of garments, right and left side).
£50.00 – £145.00
What are ISOBAR compression garments?
Traditionally compression garments are prescribed by manually measuring limb (or trunk) size and then finding the closest fit “off the shelf” product to best match size and compression requirements.
ISOBAR compression garments differ in that they are specifically designed and created for any one individual. This means that each user has a fully customised garment with regard to size, shape and compression.
Furthermore, compression levels through the garment can be selected to best suit the user’s medical and/or performance needs.
How do compression garments work?
To understand how compression garments work, please read the LBSM compression garment guide.
What makes ISOBAR garments different from the industry standard and what evidence is there to prove this?
ISOBAR delivers better compression than standard off-the-shelf brands.
Independent studies show off-the-shelf compression provides inconsistent pressure and are too low to produce any significant effect (Dr J. Hill et al 2015, F. Brown 2017). ISOBAR in the same study showed accurate, graduated pressure delivering a significant effect all the way up the leg. Higher pressures are more effective in improving recovery (Dr J. Hill et al, 2017).
ISOBAR’s technology allows accurate pressure profiles irrespective of shape and size.
A recent study in rugby players showed significant strength recovery compared to a leading sports brand, which performed no better than wearing nothing (less than 90% recovery after 48 hours vs 100% with Isobar).
ISOBAR performs better than leading medical brands in pressure accuracy and durability.
ISOBAR maintains pressure profiles to within 1mmHg after 100 washes (Clarke M et al, 2017. Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory, 2022). ISOBAR guarantees graduated pressure to maximise the physiological effects of compression.
How much compression do I need in my garment?
The amount of compression required from a garment will depend on the following factors:
To customise each individual garment for its user, ISOBAR garments requires a measuring and fitting process.
Initial Consultation and 3D scan
You will require an initial consultation with amember of the LBSM team (usually a Musculoskeletal and Sports Podiatrist) who will guide you through the process. At the initial consultation, you will have a full biomechanical review, gait and running analysis (for lower limb garments). As part of the initial consultation, a 3D scan will be performed to create a template for the garment.
Ordering and manufacturing the ISOBAR garment
After your initial consultation and 3D scan, the LBSM team will send your details to the ISOBAR laboratory for the garment to be woven. The order details usually include;
Fitting ISOBAR garments
Once your garment is ready, you will need a fitting appointment with LBSM to try on your new garment and for any adjustments to be made. You will be shown how best to use and look after your garment.
We want to make sure you get the most out of your garment.
You will have full access to the ISOBAR dedicated customer service team to provide advice and help with any queries. Please find ISOBAR’s contact details below.
How to put on your compression garment
Your ISOBAR custom compression garment has been specially designed and manufactured to deliver precision compression pressures. It is therefore very IMPORTANT that you treat the socks with care when putting them on and taking them off. Be careful not to snag the socks with jewellery or long nails. Please follow steps 1 to 4.
Step 1: Slide your hand into the sock and turn the body of the sock inside out all the way to the heel.
Step 2: Holding the heel part of the sock, push your foot in place until your toes can be felt against the toe of the sock.
Step 3: Ease the sock over your heel, ensuring the heel is correctly positioned. Carefully pull the sock up your leg evely and in stages, without sitting the fabric or stretching the sock along its length.
Step 4: DO NOT pull the sock up the front of the top band and over-stretch the socks, If the sock is overstretched it will be more prone to slipping down. Should you have overstretched the sock, move it down your leg evenly.
For putting on higher-compression socks it may be helpful to use an application aid.
Note: Your legs may be a different size or shape to each other. Please ensure your socks is fitted to the correct leg (the left sock has a coloured top band for easy identification).
How to remove your compression garment
To remove, peel off the garment gently. Do not roll the garment this will make it difficult to remove.
Storage and washing instructions
Store your garment at room temperature in a dry place and away from direct sunlight. Wash at 40°C with a mild detergent without bleaching agents. If machine washing, we suggest placing the garments in a washing bag. Do not wring the socks but dry flat and away from direct heat. Do not tumble dry. If cared for correctly your ISOBAR hosiery will give the recommended level of compression for up to 100 washes.
ISOBAR garment Life span
The ISOBAR compression system is intended for immediate use and should be replaced every 3–6 months to maintain efficacy. Check the product label for date of manufacture.
The socks should be replaced earlier if any defects or damage become apparent or if on stretching, the socks does not return to its original shape. Ideally, each time the garment is replaced, your leg should be re-measured.
Other important information
Loose threads or loops should not be cut off, since this may cause holes or runs to form in the garment. ISOBAR socks are largely resistant to environmental factors. However please avoid bringing them into contact with chemical substances (e.g. benzenes, methanols, salicylic acids in high concentrations), which may impair the compression performance of the socks. Do not use greasy ointments, body lotions or similar substances unless recommended by IBSOBAR.
Important medical information
If you experience any severe discomfort, swelling, numbness/pins-and-needles or loss of sensation from wearing a ISOBAR compression garment, you should remove the stocking immediately and seek advice from a medical professional or please call the LBSM team.
ISOBAR customer support line
After you ISOBAR purchase, you will have full access to the ISOBAR dedicated customer service team to provide advice and help with any queries. Please find ISOBAR contact details below.
Call: 0330 058 9494
“ISOBAR garments can deliver accurate and predictable pressure at each point of the limb. This enables us to be much more precise about the garments we prescribe for sporting and performance needs.”
Dr Ajai Seth
Consultant Physician in Sport and Exercise Medicine
“ISOBAR garments are my go-to premium compression garment product for my patients with limb swelling and discomfort. They are the most durable and comfortable products on the market.”
Dr Prakash Saha
Consultant in Vascular Surgery
“We train and race all over the world, which involves a massive amount of flying. Coming from a medical family, we know a DVT isn’t worth the risk and could end our careers. Isobar socks fit perfectly and are comfortable enough to wear all day. The precise compression level is based on clinical research, so we know they work really well.”
Alistair and Jonny Brownlee
£50.00 – £145.00
Orla Mulligan is the administration and social media manager for LBSM. She has a strong background in sport having herself played netball at an elite standard for the U21s Northern Ireland team in the European Championships as well as the U21s competition for Saracen Mavericks.
She understands youth sport pathways having herself played and training in the netball Kent regional pathway. She has a keen interest in most sports and a good understanding of how injury and illness can impact on the mind and body, as well as rehabilitation pathways.
She looks forward to speaking and assisting LBSM patients and gives her best support to them during their treatment pathway.
A day in the life of Orla involves communicating with patients via phone and email, managing and organising clinics, operations and media management.
Outside of work, Orla is a gym enthusiast, enjoys tennis and still finds the time for an occasional game of netball.
Maddie treats and manages complex foot and ankle injuries in London and Surrey.
She is particularly interested in helping her patients improve their quality of life and achieve their personal goals, working closely with Foot and Ankle Consultants, Sports Medicine Doctors and Physiotherapists.
Maddie has a sporting background herself having previously represented England in Hockey. She understands the demands of elite sport and the importance of physical and mental health. In her spare time, Maddie continues to enjoy an active lifestyle by running, cycling and attending a Pilates class.
Having graduated from University of Brighton with a MSc (hons) in Podiatry, Maddie focused her career in Podiatric Sports Injuries and Biomechanics. Previously she completed a BSc (hons) in Sport Science at Loughborough University.
A day in the life of Maddie involves consulting patients in clinic, performing gait and biomechanical assessments, measuring and fitting orthotics and braces. She also regularly teaches and presents at sports medicine and podiatry conferences.
Outside of work, Maddie still finds time to play hockey and enjoys running and skiing.
Mr Prakash Saha is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at LBSM. He takes pride in providing the best possible results for his patients by using the most appropriate non-surgical and surgical methods based on clinical evidence, patient results and satisfaction.
He treats fit and active people suffering with a range of cardiovascular issues, from painful leg swelling associated with exercise to venous insufficiency, post-thrombotic syndrome and leg ulcers. He also treats people with arterial system problems including poor circulation, compression syndromes and aneurysms. He carries out both endovascular and open aortic repair and has some of the best outcomes in the country.
Mr Saha studied medicine at the United Medical & Dental Schools at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals before completing his higher surgical training in London and the South East. During this time, he was awarded the prestigious NIHR Clinical Lectureship in Vascular Surgery at St. Thomas’ Hospital, giving him comprehensive training in open and endovascular techniques for treating arterial and venous disease. Prakash completed his aortic surgery training at the St. George’s Vascular Institute before carrying out a specialist fellowship at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.
Mr Saha regularly lectures and runs workshops across the globe on the latest surgical techniques to treat vascular disease. He has also been awarded a number of research grants from the Royal College of Surgeons, the Circulation Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the British Heart Foundation, which has led to over 80 publications and the development of innovative technologies to help treat patients. For this work, Prakash has received a number of prizes, including the Venous Forum prize from the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, an International Young Investigator Award, and an Early Career Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.
A day in the life of Mr Saha involves seeing patients in clinic, operating in surgical theatre or lecturing at his university. He also regularly teaches and presents at vascular and sports medicine conferences.
Mr Saha is an avid cyclist and tennis player (although yet to get a set of Dr Seth!). Outside of work, he spends time with his family who consists of 3 children and enjoys travelling.
Dr Gajan Rajeswaran is a Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist at LBSM, with an extensive background of working in elite sport. He is one of the most recognised radiologists in the sports medicine field. He provides top level imaging and medical diagnostic services for patients and athletes.
Dr Gajan Rajeswaran completed his undergraduate medical training at Imperial College London and his radiology training at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. He has obtained two post-CCT fellowships in musculoskeletal imaging. He was appointed as a consultant at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in 2011.
He has a passion for all sports having worked as a radiologist at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and London World Athletic Championships and continues to support The Championships, Wimbledon. He also continues to work with a number of Premier League and Championship Football Clubs, Premier League Rugby Clubs, England Sevens Rugby, British Athletics and the Lawn Tennis Association.
A day in the life of Dr Rajeswaran involves giving his expert opinion on investigations such as MRI and CT scans, x-rays and ultrasound. He also performs injection lists under ultrasound, CT and X-ray including spinal injections. He also regularly teaches and presents at sports medicine conferences.
Dr Gajan Rajeswaran is an avid football fan and life-long fan of Tottenham Hotspur (for which he offers no apologies!). Outside of work, he spends time with his family and has a keen passion for photography.
Dr Ajai Seth is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician. He has dedicated his career to helping people with sport and exercise related injury and illness. He consults and treats everyone from the elite athlete to the weekend warrior.
Dr Ajai Seth is part of the British Tennis Sports Physician team at the LTA and has also provided cover to elite athletes at Wimbledon Tennis, European Tour Golf, Premier League Football, British Athletics, and the Men’s England Football academies as part of the FA.
He also prides himself for working in disability sport and is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Team GB Wheelchair Tennis which has taken him to the Olympics and Paralympics.
Dr Ajai Seth is dedicated to education, training and research and is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Medicine at King’s College London where he lectures in all aspects of Sports Medicine and Science.
He also has a passion for travel and Expedition Medicine, which has seen him accompany medical, scientific and charity expeditions all around the world. He also has vast experience in treating musculoskeletal injuries from children and adolescents to veteran exercisers, both male and female.
Dr Seth also has positions in leading Sport Medicine organisations, including the non-executive board for the UK’s largest Sports Medicine charity, BASEM and Past President for the Royal Society of Medicine.
A day in the working life of Dr Seth involves consulting his patients in clinic, performing diagnostics and ultrasound guided injections. He also regularly lectures and tutors students and presents at sports medicine conferences internationally. He also spends part of the working week at the National Tennis Centre, LTA, supporting British Tennis players.
Outside of work, Dr Seth enjoys playing club tennis, triathlon, golf, running and skiing (but will give any sport a go!). He enjoys keeping fit and active and good quality family time with his wife and three children.