How to Wear Compression Stockings

Wednesday, 30 September 2015  |  John

Compression stockings are medical items, so it’s important that you treat them correctly to avoid any accidental complications, much as you would with prescribed medicine. Wearing compression stockings incorrectly can lead to the condition being treated to worsen, so it’s vital that you wear them correctly.

Your doctor will likely have gone over the basics of wearing compression stockings with you, but here are some common issues people have with wearing compression stockings.

How Do You Put On Compression Stockings?

Compression stockings by their very nature are tight, so it’s no wonder that many people find it difficult to put them on. However, there’s an easy and simple way to put on compression stockings without hassle:

  1. Put your hand into the stocking as far as the heel pocket
  2. Turn the stocking inside out, leaving the foot portion right-side out
  3. Slip your foot into the foot portion carefully, ensuring your heel is centred in the heel pocket
  4. Bring the stocking over your heel and up your leg – don’t pull it up, use your hands to massage it up your leg
  5. Smooth out creases and folds

It's vital that all creases and folds are smoothed out as they can make your condition worse. In addition, you shouldn’t roll your compression stockings, as this can affect how they work and can reduce blood flow through your leg.

How Long Can You Wear Compression Stockings?

Wearing compression stockings tends to be a long-term thing, so it’s important that you know how long compression stockings should be worn. Compression stockings should typically be put on in the morning when you get dressed, and taken off before you go to bed. This gives them the maximum possible effectiveness.

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Usually there’s no need to wear them in bed, however your doctor may recommend otherwise depending on your condition and treatment methods. You should wash your legs every day to keep your skin in good condition. To keep your compression stockings as clean and hygienic as possible they should be washed every day, or as frequently as possible. Follow the manufacturer’s advice on how to best wash your compression stockings.

After 4 – 6 months, your legs should be measured again and your stockings should be replaced so that there’s no loss of compression or strength. This ensures that you can continue to get the best possible treatment for however long you wear compression stockings.

How long you have to wear compression stockings depends entirely on the opinion of your doctor. However, most people have to wear them for several years, or in some cases for the rest of their lives, so it’s worth asking your doctor if you are unsure.

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