To reap the circulatory and other health benefits of compression stockings, you’ve got to get them on your legs. But putting on these tight stockings isn’t always an easy task for people with post-thrombotic syndrome, arthritis, limited hand strength, or other conditions that limit movement or functioning. That’s where stocking aids come in.
These devices assist people in getting the stocking over their feet and ankles. Compression stocking aids also make it easier to pull the stocking over the leg and sometimes eliminate the need for a person to bend forward.
There are several different kinds.
Some popular compression stocking aids include the following:
- Jobst Stocking Donner
- Truform Stocking Donner
- Mediven Big Butler for Larger Sizes
- Heel Guide Compression Sock Aid
Fabric aids are used with open-toe styled compression hose. They make it easier for a person to get their foot into the stocking and pull the aid out of the stocking. A person would still need to bend to use this type of stocking aid.
Gutter stocking aids use ropes or cords to help pull the stocking up the person’s leg, eliminating the need to bend over. The gutter type of compression aid makes it easier for a person to get their toes in the stocking, too.
Frame stocking aids use a hard plastic or metal frame to stretch the stockings so the user can put his or her foot in. A frame stocking aid may have handles so a person can pull the compression stockings up without bending over or bending down.
An example of a frame stocking aid is the Jobst Stocking Donner.
Your doctor or physical therapist can recommend a stocking aid for you, based on your physical limitations.
Compression stocking donning gloves can also make the job easier (here’s an inexpensive pair: Jobst Compression Stocking Donning Gloves).
Do you need more information about getting those stockings on? Check out our article 5 Top Videos for How to Put on Compression Stockings.