Compression stocking aids may also make putting on stockings easier.
Here are some general tips on how to wear stockings correctly.
- First, turn the upper part of the stocking inside out to the heel and gently slide the stocking down to the foot part.
- Now carefully slip your foot into the foot part of the stocking.
- Gently pull the remaining part of the stocking over your heel.
- Use the palms of your hands to massage the stocking up toward your knee. Try not to pull at the upper edge of the compression stocking.
- Now use the same steps for the other leg.
Some popular compression stocking aids include the following:
- Jobst Jobst Stocking Donner
- Truform Stocking Donner
- Mediven Big Butler for Larger Sizes
- Heel Guide Compression Sock Aid
Compression stocking donning gloves can also make the job easier (here’s an inexpensive pair: Jobst Jobst Compression Stocking Donning Gloves).
For compression thigh high stockings and hosiery, use the steps above until the stocking is by your knee. Using the palms of your hands, ease the stocking upward (don’t pull on the upper edge of the stocking) until it reaches your upper thigh.
For compression pantyhose, use the same steps to gently ease the pantyhose up to your waist.
Make sure to keep the vertical seams of the stocking straight – you can use the seams as a guide.
Need more info or a visual guide? Check out our 5 Top Videos for How to Put on Compression Stockings.