The Best Way to Put On Compression Stockings

The most common reason for failing compression therapy is the difficulty in putting on the stockings.  This may be due to:Jobst Donning Gloves

  • loss of hand strength
  • arthritis
  • an inability to bend over
  • unable to cross your legs
  • other dexterity issues

It could also be due to the actual compression of the stocking.  For example, graduated compression hosiery has the tightest part of the stocking at the ankle; which makes it difficult to get them over your heel while putting them on.  These stockings are made by Jobst, Medi, Juzo and Sigvaris.

There are a number of ways to get your compression stockings on:

DMI Sock Aid

Helpful Hints

  • Put your stockings on first thing in the morning before your legs swell
  • Make sure your legs are dry
  • Do not use lotion on your legs before putting your stockings on – if you use lotion you should put it on at night before bed
  • Powder on your legs may help

Stocking DonnerThe easiest method I have found to put on compression stockings is the stocking donner.  A donner is a metal frame device that has two handles and an inner half tube to hold the stocking.  The word donner comes from the word don — which means “to put on.”   The best donner I have used is the “Jobst Stocking Donner”.  There are other manufacturers of donners, but I like the coated metal (avoids snags to the stockings) and the padded handles.  The following is a step by step instruction on how to use the donner to put on your support stockings.

Watch this video showing “How to Use a Jobst Compression Stocking Donner”

how_to_put_on_compression_stockingsLiberty Oxygen and Medical Equipment has Certified Fitters at all of our seven Twin Cities locations
• Burnsville
• Maple Grove
• Maplewood
• St. Louis Park
• Shakopee
• St. Paul
• Woodbury
Our fitters can also assist in selecting your stockings, donning, compression, style, fabric and color.

Posted on: May 21st, 2013 by Francis Sheehy in Compression Therapy, Medical Equipment | 2 Comments
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  1. jerry vehovec says:

    The following is a step by step instruction on how to use the donner to put on your support stockings. It says here is a step by step instruction where is it?

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