How to Wear Compression Socks – Easily!
May 15 2019
Gravity kicks in to pull your blood down when you are standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time. This restricts the blood circulation, causing several leg and foot problems, such as varicose veins, blood clots, and deep vein thrombosis. This conditions are generally accompanied by leg swelling and pain. Compression stockings or socks can fight back the gravity’s pull to your bloodstream and improve blood flow.
Compression socks are designed to snugly fit your feet, ankles, legs and maybe even thighs. The pressure is at the highest at the feet, but gradually lessens as the socks go up the leg. This is called graduated compression. However, the snug fit is what makes compression socks medically useful. But that’s also one of the reasons why wearing them is a struggle, especially pulling them over the heel and ankle.
The following tips will help you wear compression socks quicker without getting frustrated.
Before you put them on
- After you buy a new pair of compression socks, hand wash them with mild detergent.
- If you can afford, consider buying a second pair. You’ll then have a clean pair to use while the other is for a wash.
- If you have an open wound, dress it up before you wear socks.
- Try to keep your socks by your bed, so you can wear them first thing when you wake up.
Prepping up your legs to wear compression socks
If it's hard for you to put on the compression stockings or socks, try these tips:
- Apply lotion on your legs. Let it dry before you wear compression socks.
- You can also apply baby powder or cornstarch on your legs. This may help the socks to easily slide up.
- If you don’t get the grip to pull your socks up, try using rubber dishwashing gloves. This may also help you to smooth them out.
- You can also use a special gadget called a stocking donner to pull up the socks over your foot. This gadget is easily available online or at a medial store.
How to wear compression socks
- Wear compression socks early in the morning. That’s the time you have the least leg swelling.
- Sit in a chair with a back. This gives you support as you wear socks.
- Hold the top tip of your compression sock in one hand and use the other hand to reach inside the sock to grab the toe of the sock. Then turn the upper half of the compression sock inside out.
- Then gently place your foot in the toe of the sock. Then, gently slide the sock up over your heel. Ensure that the top of the sock is still inside out.
- Lock in your heel securely in the sock, then gently slide the sock up your leg. Be careful not to grab and pull at the top of the stocking because that can cause it to rip or tear.
- While taking the compression socks off, fold it down gently until it reaches the top of the ankle. Insert your thumb or finger at the back of your socks on your heel, then slide the rest of the sock off your foot.
Wearing and caring of compression socks
Finally, a huge part of wearing compression socks is to take care of them so that they last. With proper care, these socks can last for up to six months.
- Hand wash the socks each day with a mild soap and air dry them.
- Do not wear compression socks when they are damp.
- Replace your compression socks every 6 months.
At first, wearing compression socks can be tricky. Don’t get discouraged, if you have the knack for wearing compression socks. With some practice, you’ll find a method that works for you.
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