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How to put on compression stockings:

How to put on compression stockings: Many patients are happy to try a non-surgical option to treat their vein disease.  Compression stockings are the most popular non-invasive treatment for our […]

March 28, 2017 // Dr. Naish Shah // No Comments // Posted in Uncategorized

How to put on compression stockings:

Many patients are happy to try a non-surgical option to treat their vein disease.  Compression stockings are the most popular non-invasive treatment for our patients.  Unfortunately, wearing the stockings can be a challenge.  Some patients give up on this treatment option because they are unable to wear the stockings with ease.  Here are some basic steps on how to put on the compression stockings:

  1. Grab the “toe” part of the stocking by reaching inside the stocking.
  2. Turn the upper part of the stocking inside-out.
  3. Place your foot and toe into the deepest part of the stocking and then slide the stocking over your heal.
  4. Use your fingertips to gently slide the stocking halfway up your leg.  Avoid pulling or grabbing the top of the stocking, this will cause it to rip.
  5. Continue using a combination of your fingertips and palms to slide the rest of the stocking up your leg.

 

These steps work well for most people, but here are some additional tips that can help make things even easier for you:

– Wear rubber or latex gloves when sliding the stocking up your leg.  This will give you a better grip.

– Try open toe stockings if it is very difficult to push your foot into the “toe” part of the stocking.

– There are many devices that can help get your leg in the right position including donning frames and poles to help stretch the stockings for you.

– Some people prefer to have their legs lubricated with moisturizer prior to wearing stockings.  Other people prefer the friction of powder.  Try one or the other to find the best option for you.

– A rubber mat on the floor will help prevent your feet from sliding when trying to adjust the stocking.

 

If you are still having difficulty with your stockings, come see us to discuss additional tips.  There is always the possibility that regardless of a patient’s efforts, this treatment option does not work for everyone.


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