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How to put on compression stockings

It can be a little tricky to put on compression stockings at first. But after you practice a few times, it may get easier. Here are the details.

Sit on a firm surface where your feet can touch the ground.

Hold the top of the stocking with one hand. Then with your other hand, reach in and grab the heel.

When you have a firm grip on the heel, pull your hand back up through the stocking, turning it inside out as far as the heel.

Put your toes in as far as they will go. Then center your heel in the stocking and pull it up slightly, just around your heel.

Use both hands to grasp the folded part of the stocking about 2 inches below the fold. Pull that section up over your ankle.

Next, from above your ankle, grasp the folded part of the stocking about 2 inches below the fold. Pull that section up.

Continue pulling the stocking up in short sections until it is in its final position. The final position may be below your knee. Or it might be above your knee.

Run your hands over the stocking to smooth it out.

Current as of: December 19, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
David A. Szalay MD - Vascular Surgery
Kara L. Cadwallader MD - Family Medicine

 
 

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