I have customers call and tell me they would like a stocking with a zipper because they are not able to do their stocking. You would think it would be, but it really is not. It takes 3-yes three hands to put on a zippered stocking. It takes two hands to hold the zipper together and one to zip the stocking. The zipper tends to slide down on the zippered stockings and the top of the zipper can dig into the leg causing a sore. Other customers express their desire to “step back” in compression (i.e. from a 20-30 to a 15-20mmHg compression). This is not necessarily  a good idea. You would not be following your physician’s orders and you would not be getting proper compression for your diagnosis. This should be a last-ditch choice when no other methods work.
First I suggest they follow the directions which we send with each and every order. If you have misplaced yours, here they are again:
Turn back the top of the stocking onto itself. Usually this is down to nearly the heel pocket.
Place your foot (toes pointed if possible) in the stocking until it meets resistance. With both hands grab the stocking on each side of your ankle and pull towards you body until it meets resistance.
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Fold the stocking back onto itself, grab at the sides at the top of the fold and pull towards your body. Repeat the fold back and pulling procedure again until the garment is positioned correctly on your leg.
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Smooth out any wrinkles and adjust the heel and ankle area for comfort.The top of knee-high stockings should be two finger widths below the crease at the back of your knee. Thigh high stockings should be two to four finger widths below you groin. With knee-high and thigh high garments, never pull on top band. This will break the threads on the band.Stockings will wrinkle and move throughout the day. Check your stockings periodically to smooth out any wrinkles. It is not unusual to need to adjust your compression socks or compression stockings at least three times a day. Don’t just pull on the top of the stocking. Fold the stocking in half, place your thumbs inside the garment next to your leg and pull up. Repeat until the stocking is back in place.

 

SigvarisDonningGloves
If this method does not work, I recommend the Sigvaris Donning Gloves I call them my “Magic Green Gloves”. They give me greater strength in my fingers. The rough “nubbies” on the gloves enable you to “pinch and pull” your stockings up. You can also rub up and down your leg so the fullness of the garment is distributed even on the leg.

JobstAndMediDonners

 

Several of our manufacturers including Jobst and Medi make metal framed Donners which stretch the stocking open and enable you to “almost” just step into the stocking.

I recommend our customers (especially our new garment wearers) watch a video we have on YouTube, How to Put on Support Stockings. It shows the first donning method I mentioned and the use of the metal donners.

There are many other methods we use to enable you to get your support socks or support stockings on. Give us a chance to work with you and find a method which works for you so you can remain compliant with your doctor’s orders.

Remember, support socks or support stockings do you no good if they sit in your dresser drawer.

We hope we can make your life easier,

Vanda