90% Polyamide (Nylon) 10% Elastane (Spandex)
- Step 1: Prepare the hosiery To make the hosiery easier to put on, first turn it inside out. You can do this in 3 simple steps – reach, pinch and fold. Reach: Simply slip your hand down inside the hosiery, as far as the heel. Pinch: Gently grasp the heel and, while still holding the heel, Fold: Fold the top of the hosiery down to turn it inside out. This will leave the toe-area tucked-in.
- Step 2: Apply the hosiery Slip your toes into the front of the hosiery and gently pull up the foot. Now gather the hosiery from the top of the garment and gently pull towards the ankle and calf.
- Step 3: Adjust for comfort Smooth out any wrinkles on the leg. Pull the toe section forward. Smooth the ankle and in-step areas and make sure your toes are NOT restricted. Below knee stockings have to be pulled up to the bend at the back of your knee. If it is a thigh length stocking it has to be up to the middle section of your thigh. It is best to use at least 2 suspenders on thigh length stockings
Contraindications - Diabetic patients - unless after specialist referral and under strict supervision - Arterial insufficiency/arterial disease/ ischemia according to vascular assessment - ABPI of <0.8 unless after specialist referral and under strict supervision and regular follow up - Congestive cardiac failiure as compression could lead to cardiac overload - Peripheral neuropathy - Rheumatoid arthiritis - Known sensitivity to the fabric of the stockings. If you have had, or believe you may have had, any problems with your veins then it is important that you seek advice from a trained health professional before wearing any compression hosiery. Use with caution where diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are present as there may be microvcascular disease. People with diabetes may also have some degree of peripheral neuropathy which could cause problems if the stockings become too tight. Care should be taken when applying hosiery over bony prominences and thin legs to avoid damage to the skin and circulation. Your hosiery should not cause you any pain or discomfort. In the unlikely event of this happening, please remove your hosiery immediately and seek advice from your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Provides light compression and should be used for superficial or early varicose veins and swollen ankles (e.g. during pregnancy). Activa® Class 1 hosiery should also be considered post operatively and on long distance travel to help prevent deep vein thrombosis in normal risk groups
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