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How to put on Compression Socks/Stockings


  1. When to Put On

The optimal time for putting on your compression socks / stockings is immediately or shortly after getting up in the morning. At this time, the blood vessels in your legs have not been greatly affected by gravity and will be at their smallest size. If you missed this optimal time, it is recommended you elevate your legs for five to ten minutes.

  1. Hints
  • Be sure your toes and legs are dry before putting on (any) socks.
  • Some people find using talcum powder can make the process of putting on compression wear a little easier.
  • Some people also find using latex or rubber gloves helpful to prevent the fabric of the socks slipping through your fingers, or to prevent damage from (or to) long finger nails.
  • If necessary, remove rings or jewelry that may damage the fabric of the compression wear.
  • Avoid leaving wrinkles or folds on the surface of the socks / stockings are they are on
  • Avoid wearing your compression socks / stockings with footwear that have protrusions or features which may damage the fabric.
  • If fibers do get pulled loose from the main knit of fabric, refrain from pulling on them or cutting them off.
  • A very small proportion of people may develop an allergic reaction from exposure to the materials used in construction. Please consult with your doctor if you suspect any reaction (e.g. rash, itchiness)
  1. How to Put On



1 ~ 2

Start with your compression socks the ‘right way round’
Reach with your hand inside and grab a hold of the heel fabric

3 ~ 4

Pull the rest of the sock over the ‘foot’
Check the sock is not twisted and is reasonably free of wrinkles

5 ~ 7

Hold the sides of the heel and pull the sock over the foot so that the heel of the sock aligns with your heel

8 ~ 11

Roll the remaining sock over the foot and up the calf. Try to avoid over stretching the ‘leg‘ of the sock. The top of the sock should finish 1~2 finger widths below the knee


Smooth out any remaining wrinkles around the toe and rest of the sock.
After wearing your compression wear for just a few days, this will all become second nature!