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Compression Stockings Guide

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Compression Stockings Guide

The initial not many occasions you wear your pressure article of clothing you will see the 'crush'. It is OK to start wearing your stockings slowly. Have a go at wearing them for only a couple hours the principal day and afterward increment the quantity of hours every day until you can wear them easily for the duration of the day while you are moving around. Look at your stockings intermittently to smooth any wrinkles as the texture may move during the day. Eliminate your stockings prior to hitting the sack.

On the off chance that you find that pressure stockings are hard to put on, kindly see our Donning Suggestions and Donning Aids.

Wearing compliance

It is essential to wear your pressure pieces of clothing regular. Pressure stockings and sleeves deal with an on-going issue. At the point when you eliminate your pressure article of clothing the condition liable for your manifestations is still there. Inability to wear your stockings or lymphedema piece of clothing may make your condition become more extreme.


Measuring for Medical LegWear stockings is simple. Sizing for medical compression stockings is based on the circumferences of the leg. It is best to measure early in the day before swelling occurs.

  • Using a measuring tape measure around the smallest part of the ankle. This will be above the round bones (malleoli) on both sides of the ankle.
  • Next measure around the fullest part of your calf.
  • For thigh length styles also measure around the fullest part of the thigh.
  • For chap or waist length styles measure the ankle, thigh and around the largest part of your hips.


Properly fitting compression stockings and arm sleeves should feel snug at first. It will take a few days to adjust to the pressure.

Before you put on your stockings or sleeve review the Helpful Hints and Donning Methods.

Compression garments are easier to put on when you first get out of bed, before swelling occurs.

Helpful Hints

  • Skin should be dry
  • Applying a thin layer of cornstarch or powder will help the stockings or sleeve slide over your skin
  • Remove your rings and jewelry that can damage your garment
  • Wear rubber or vinyl gloves to prevent fingernails from damaging the fabric
  • The gloves also help provide grip to distribute the fabric more easily
  • Avoid rolling, gathering or bunching the fabric, as this will only increase the pressure – like creating a super rubber band.
  • Apply moisturizer to your legs or arm in the evening rather than just before putting on your stocking or sleeve