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Common questions

Find out what you need to know about wearing your compression garment.

How often should I order new compression socks or tights?

L&R’s compression socks, stockings and tights will deliver graduated compression for 100 washes. We would recommend that you have 2 - 3 pairs so that you always have a pair to wear if one is in the wash. This equates to being replaced every 6 months. Extra pairs of compression can be purchased direct at the LR Self Care shop

Why do compression socks and tights come in open and closed toe?

The choice can be yours on whether you would prefer to have an open or closed toe, unless there are overriding medical reasons that mean a certain style needs to be used.

If you are wearing your compression garment at night at the recommendation of nurse or GP, or for several days, an open toe also allows the foot to be washed. If you see a chiropodist, open toe tights or socks will probably not needed to be taken off. Painful corns on toes may also make an open toe more comfortable.

Who can benefit from wearing compression?

If you’re new to compression or have concerns about your legs or feet, please talk to your GP, nurse or pharmacist for further advice on whether compression might be suitable for you.

If you sit or stand for long periods of time at your job or when travelling, experience tired, achy or swollen legs, compression may be suitable for you! Our compression socks can give your legs a boost of energy and help reduce and relieve those annoying symptoms

I would prefer to wear a thigh length stocking, is there a difference between knee or thigh length?

For most conditions a below knee is as effective as the longer thigh length and you can choose which compression is suitable for you. Many compression wearers find a below knee easier to put on and wear.

Some female patients may feel more at home with thigh high tights and suspenders. (The Activa thigh high tights need suspenders, NHS versions are available). Swollen or arthritic knees tend to be more comfortable in thigh length hosiery. Thigh length is suitable for people with painful or protruding varicose veins at the back of the knee.

Can I wear my compression tights/socks at night?

Many people do not need to wear compression overnight if you go to bed normally to sleep. Sometimes you should leave it on, for example if the compression you require is in the form of bandages which are applied by a nurse, or if you require assistance from a carer or family member to apply compression tights/socks.

Please seek specific advice from your healthcare professional if you are unsure whether you should wear your compression overnight.

I have an allergy to latex, is Activa, ActiLymph and Adore compression latex free?

Activa, Adore and ActiLymph ‘off the shelf’ compression tights/socks are Latex free. The Dura compression tights/socks from our ActiLymph MTM range contains Latex

How do I wash my compression socks, tights or wrap?

We would recommend washing your compression like you would your normal socks and tights.

Is there anything that can help me to apply my compression?

Yes, ActiGlide is specifically for people who need that extra helping hand putting on their compression garment. ActiGlide allows your compression hosiery or arm sleeve to glide effortlessly up your limb. Suitable for closed, open toe and below knee or thigh length hosiery, tights or armsleeve. Find out more about ActiGlide

How many pairs should I get on prescription at a time?

You should get 2 pairs of compression on prescription.

When should I get new compression?

A GP or nurse will be able to prescribe you your compression socks and tights, if you need additional pairs of compression socks and tights you can visit: www.extrapairs.co.uk

How many days can I wear my compression for?

Compression 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.

What are the differences between Activa (British Standard) and ActiLymph/Adore (European)?

Activa compression socks, stockings and tights are designed to improve circulation in the legs. Graduated compression gently squeezes the leg, which pushes venous blood back towards the heart. Activa compression socks and tights should be used when there is no swelling in the ankles or legs.

ActiLymph and Adore compression delivers the correct compression levels and fabric stiffness needed to manage swelling in the ankles or legs, such as chronic oedema and lymphoedema.

How do I keep my Activa thigh high stockings in place?

Our Activa thigh high stockings are not self-supportive so may require assistance if you are going to be active whilst wearing them. We recommend using either a medical grade suspender belt or a body adhesive to keep them in place.

My compression socks or tights feels tight/uncomfortable to wear, is this normal?

When wearing compression you may feel a light ‘squeeze’ but they should never feel uncomfortable or painful to wear. This is likely to be an issue with the sizing of the garment. If you are experiencing any discomfort with your garment you should contact a healthcare professional as soon as possible.

If you still have further questions then please get in touch.

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