Putting on compression socks correctly is the only way to ensure they are set up to work properly. If incorrectly put on, they can cause further health issues and discomfort. To avoid any problems and ensure your compression stockings work to their full potential, make sure you learn how to properly put on compression socks. Here are the basics, step by step.
Step one: Create a schedule and stick to it
Putting on compression stockings at the right time is essential to ensuring their effectiveness. Most doctors will recommend that their patients requiring compression garments put them on first thing in the morning. This is because waiting to put on the garment gives bodies time to swell. Once the feet start to swell, the socks can become difficult or even impossible to put on. This is especially true when putting on sheer compression thigh high stockings because they go higher up on the leg, so they take more work to properly apply.
Always follow your doctor’s recommendation for timing of when to put on the stockings and when to take them off.
Prepare the sock for placement
Take your socks out and lay them in front of you. Pick one sock up. Make sure there are no wrinkles or bunches in the sock. Socks with bunches or wrinkles can apply pressure to the wrong spots, increase pressure in places that don’t need it or simply add discomfort.
Put the sock on
Gently pull your sock over your foot until it fits comfortably and tightly over your toes, foot, and heel. Then, pull the remaining part of the sock up. Be careful to watch for and correct any wrinkles or creases that may appear during this process. The stocking should feel snug, but not too tight. If you experience loss of feeling in your feet, remove the stocking and contact your doctor—you may need a lower compression level.
Pro Tip: If you struggle to apply your socks, consider using a stocking donner. These help patients with mobility restrictions to put on their socks with ease.