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ActiLymph Hosiery Kit indications

The ActiLymph leg ulcer hosiery kit from L&R ( formerly known as Activa Healthcare ) is a hosiery alternative to bandages for healing leg ulcers where oedema is present. Two stockings are worn one on top of the other. A 10mmHg liner followed by a below knee, open toed European class 2 (23-32mmHg). The combined compression allows leg ulcer healing without the bulk of bandages. Suitable post healing for patients with a history of leg ulcer reoccurrence.

Indications for use:

  • Treatment of venous leg ulcers
  • The control and reduction of oedema and lymphoedema
  • Prevention of recurrence of venous leg ulcers and severe varicose veins
  • A cosmetically acceptable alternative to compression bandages


  • This system may be unsuitable where there is heavy exudate and for large wounds
  • For large or irregular shaped limbs it may be more appropriate to use compression bandages
  • Padding and bandages are recommended for patients with very small limbs or with bony prominences
  • Lymphoedematous limbs should be treated with short stretch bandages eg Actico® prior to going into the leg ulcer hosiery kit
  • Diabetic patients - unless after specialist referral and under strict supervision
  • Arterial insufficiency / arterial disease / ischaemia according to vascular assessment.
  • ABPI of less than 0.8 and greater than 1.3 unless after specialist referral and under strict supervision and regular follow up
  • Congestive cardiac failure as compression could lead to cardiac overload Peripheral neuropathy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Known sensitivity to the fabric of the stockings

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