Compression stockings that are specially fitted are constricted at the feet with a progressively slacker fit on the leg. Since there are various types, it is ideal to use one that is recommended by the doctor.
- Promote improved blood flow
- Prevent the pooling of fluid in the legs
- Alleviate the symptoms caused by varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and skin ulcers
- Prevent issues caused by skin ulcers
- Work effectively if used daily while awake especially while on your feet
Using compression stockings
Compression stockings can be part of the everyday routine. If they properly fit, they should be tight-fitting but comfortable.
Ideally, they should be worn all the time unless sleeping or bathing. It is recommended to replace the stockings every 4-6 months. At first, wearing the stockings can be complicated but with practice, the individual can find one that works best.
Before wearing them
- New stockings should be hand washed so that they are more flexible and easier to wear.
- Place dressing on any open wound prior to wearing the stockings.
- Make sure that the stockings are close within the bed so that they can be worn upon waking up.
Putting them on
- Wear the stockings early in the morning when there is minimal swelling in the legs.
- Sit in a chair with a back so that there is something to lean against while putting on the stockings.
- Hold the top part of the stocking with one hand. With the other hand, grasp within the stocking and drive your arm until you grasp the end and hold the toe.
- Once you have a secure hold on the toe, tug your hand back up via the stocking, inverting it but allowing the fingertips in the toe of the stocking.
- Place the toes into the toe part of the stocking and slowly roll and slide back over the heel. With your fingertips or palms, use them to slowly roll and slide the stocking up the leg.
- Just be careful not to grasp and tug at the top part of the stocking since this can cause it to tear or rip.