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Top tips to support the application of compression socks, stockings and tights

If you’re new to wearing compression, it can sometimes be difficult to apply. This blog will provide you with step-by-step, hints and tips to applying compression.

Compression can sometimes be difficult to apply, especially if you are a first time wearer, have limited mobility or dexterity. There are a few techniques that can support you to applying compression.

Step 1: Prepare your compression socks, stockings or tights

To make your compression socks and stockings easier to put on, first turn it inside out. Do this by – reach, pinch and fold.

Reach: Simply slip your hand down inside the compression, as far as the heel.

Pinch: Gently grasp the heel and, while still holding the heel,

Fold: Fold the top of the compression socks or stockings down to turn it inside out. This will leave the toe-area tucked-in.

Step 2: Apply

Slip your toes into the foot of the compression sock or stocking and gently pull up the foot.

Now gather the compression sock or stocking from the top of the garment and gently pull towards the ankle and up the calf.

Knee high socks have to be pulled up to the bend at the back of your knee. If it is a thigh high stocking it has to be up to the middle section of your thigh. For Activa Thigh High Stockings it’s best to use at least 2 suspenders for extra support.

Step 3: Adjust your compression socks, stockings or tights

To ensure the compression sock or stocking is comfortable, smooth out any wrinkles on the leg.

Pull the toe section forward. Smooth the ankle and in-step areas and make sure your toes are not restricted.

Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for the other leg

This method can be adapted for carers and family members supporting the application of compression. For more information visit our friends and family page.

Top Tips!

Application aids such as L&R’s ActiGlide can help to glide compression up the leg or arm.

Compression socks or stockings are best applied in the morning onto clean, dry legs that have not been moisturised, as this can sometimes make the hosiery more difficult to apply.

Try to apply your moisturiser at night before bed, that way you will be ready to apply your compression first thing!

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