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Trusted and used throughout the NHS, L&R (formerly Activa Healthcare) are the leader in compression hosiery with the Activa, ActiLymph and Adore ranges and hosiery kits.
Chosen for its effectiveness, appearance, comfort and fit Activa and ActiLymph ranges from L&R ( formerly known as Activa Healthcare ) are designed to improve poor circulation in the arms or legs.
Activa compression hosiery can help with:
Not suitable for:
Diabetics or those who have arterial disease or congestive cardiac failure.
If in any doubt speak to your nurse or doctor.
Compression Hosiery can be difficult to put on, particularly if you have limited mobility or hand movement. Watch our simple 3 step approach video.
Activa hosiery can be machine washed up to 40 degrees and guaranteed for 100 washes.
Do not tumble dry or iron as this can affect the compression.
Our hosiery will deliver graduated compression for 100 washes. Ideally have 2 pairs prescribed at once to have one to wear and one to wash.
The choice of style is decided through discussion with the wearer. It is influenced by foot length i.e. A long foot may fit into a size large but the ankle and calf are size small, so an open toed small would be appropriate.
If wearing the hosiery at night (maximum 7 nights) or for several days, an open toe allows the foot to be washed. If the wearer sees a chiropodist an open toed stocking will probably not need to be taken off. Painful corns on toes may make an open toe more comfortable.
For most conditions a below knee is as effective as the longer thigh length. Many patients find a below knee easier to put on and wear. However it is important to discuss the style with the wearer.
Some female patients may feel more at home with thigh length stockings and suspenders. (The thigh length stockings need suspenders, NHS versions are available). Swollen or arthritic knees tend to be more comfortable in thigh length hosiery. Thigh length is suitable for patients with painful or protruding varicose veins at the back of the knee.
Male patients can be offered the unisex sock in black or brown, indistinguishable from normal hosiery.
Yes, the hosiery may be worn 24 hours a day.
Yes, the hosiery is made of nylon and lycra.
Activa British Standard: A pair of stockings = 2 prescription charges. There are a pair in the box.
ActiLymph A single prescription charge is payable per script, regardless of quantity supplied where the compression level and style are the same.
e.g. 1 or more stockings = 1 prescription charge
They can be machine washed up to 40 degrees. Do not tumble dry and keep away from direct heat. Dry flat if possible.
The prescription needs to state e.g. Class 2, Activa Kneecaps 2 pairs.
The hosiery can be worn for up to a week at a time, providing there are no medical conditions which mean compression should not be worn. We recommend an open toe style so the foot can be washed or chiropody treatments carried out.