Compression Stocking Wear & Care

Application and removal of stockings

Compression stockings can be put on in just five easy steps and taken off in two. Refer to the instructions below to help you with the application process.

Stocking Application "Donning":

Step 1:
The best time to put on the stockings is at the start of your day. The legs should be dry. The use of rubber gloves is recommended to make the process easier. At New England Medical Fitting, we will provide you with a complimentary pair of gloves during your first fitting.

Step 2:
Never gather the stocking prior to donning. Leave the stocking fully extended. Pull the stocking up over the foot past the ankle.

Step 3:
Using the donning gloves, ease the stocking over the foot, then over the heel and finally up the calf (or thigh). Getting the heel in place will make the donning process easier.

Step 4:
Massage and pull the stocking gently up the leg. Continue this process until the stocking is in place. WIth the panty style, the same technique should be continued over the thigh.

Step 5:
For calf length style, the top band should be approximately one inch below the bend of the knee.

Removal of Stockings "Doffing":

Step 1:
Use the donning gloves to make the stocking removal easier. Take hold of the stockings or socks at the upper edge and peel downwards past the ankle. Never push downward as this creates bunching and makes the stocking more difficult to remove.

Step 2:
With the flat of the hand work the stocking over the heel and remove.

If you have difficulty putting on your stockings, there are other Accessories available. Speak to your local New England Medical Fitter for more information and instruction.

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