Putting On Compression Stockings Tips and Tricks
Thursday, 8 October 2015 | Admin
As we keep telling you to get yourself some compression stockings, we thought we’d do the responsible thing and make sure you know how to get into them, too! So here’s Part 1 of our guide for How to Put On Compression Stockings!
Tips and Tricks
First things first, here are some useful things to remember about slipping into your stocking of choice:
Aim to put on your compression garment first thing in the morning
This is when the leg is nice and relaxed and not yet swollen from the activity of the day. If you want to get a helping hand with getting stockings on, it’s best to stay lying down with your leg resting on a pillow to keep it in prime position, your lovely assistant can then also be in a comfortable sitting position and not crouched on the floor.Lotions and potions
If you need a bit of help sliding a stocking on, talcum is far better than lotions as some creams and ointments can cause the fibres of your stocking to degrade. Sticky or tacky skin can also make getting stockings on much more difficult than it needs to be. If you want smoother legs for easier application, put lotion on the night before, by morning it will have absorbed completely and you’re legs will be stocking-ready!
In the Bag
For open toe stockings a common trick is to slip a bag over your foot first, a small carrier bag or something very smooth like a freezer bag can be placed to cover the foot and heel, this will make it easier to get the stocking over your foot and ankle where it’s usually the most difficult to place it. Once your garment is in place you can pull the bag out through the open toe and voila!
Re-Assign Your Mouse Pad
The underside of a mouse pad is a great surface to rub your foot against as you don your stockings. Slip them on over your foot and rather than stay hunched over pulling and plucking at them, you can simply wiggle your foot on the soft foam of your pad until the movement gets them sitting pretty. The foam stops any snagging or friction and is ideal for those who can’t reach down to their feet for long periods of time.
Keep Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
Sigvaris have their own nifty gadget called Rolly. It may not look like much, but as you’ve probably guessed, the simplest solutions are the most effective, The simplicity of the Rolly doesn’t mean that it can’t be innovative, though. This compact plastic ring is easy to use, letting you take care of the tricky task of preparing the stocking at arm-level. Consider it a second pair of hands as you ‘dress’ Rolly in your stocking before slipping it on yourself - see it in action here!Gloved Up
Many brands offer special ‘donning gloves’ to help you get your stockings on, but dish-washing gloves work just as well. Not only does the rubber prevent fingernails or rings from damaging your garments, they also provide much better grip so you can pull stockings on without having them slip out of your grasp.A Touch of Silk
Have a spare bit of silky material hanging around? Then you’ve got the perfect donning aid! A bolt of fabric can actually help you pull on your stockings, the silken materials used for lining jackets or jazzing up costumes is cheap, cheerful and perfect for this technique, just make sure it’s strong enough to withstand a bit of tugging. Similar to the idea of smoothing everything out with a plastic bag, you can do exactly the same with any spare length of smooth material.
All clued up? Put your new knowledge to use with a new pair of stockings from our online store, or head over to Part 2 of our ‘How to Put On Compression Stockings’ guide!