GETTING THOSE COMPRESSION STOCKINGS ON AND OFF!
Donning your gradient compression stockings can be a real challenge. The number one reason that we receive returns at The Compression Closet is that people are unable to don their compression stockings. It’s not that the stockings don’t work or that they are of poor quality, or that they are not what the people expected. It’s simply that they cannot get the garment on or sometimes get it off.
Unfortunately, many of these people live alone or have little or no assistance with these compression garments, which would make a world of difference. However, there are some tricks of the trade and some gadgets that can help with the donning and doffing of compression garments. Let me share some of these with you today.
DONNING GLOVES FOR COMPRESSION
When it comes to compression stockings, I believe the number one most beneficial product to help with donning is the compression donning gloves. Every major manufacturer of compression garments makes a donning glove, and they all work pretty much the same. The benefit of these gloves is that it makes it easy to grab a hold of the fabric and lift it off the leg to pull it up. It also works well to help smooth out wrinkles in the stockings, and push them back down if they have been pulled up too high. Another benefit of the donning gloves are that they protect the stocking against holes and runs from nails or jewelry. Donning gloves are fairly inexpensive, but you could also use rubber kitchen gloves in a pinch.
JUZO SLIPPIE GATOR
Juzo Slippie Gator is one of my favorite products for donning compression stockings. With the purchase of a Juzo open toe stocking, you will receive a Tyvex slipper which helps to slide your stocking on over the heel. This is the most difficult area to get past. If you are still having challenges getting that stocking on, use the Juzo Easy Pad. This pad acts as a resistance to the stocking. When you push against it, the stocking will move past the heel and up the leg.
The Easy Pad can also be purchased with the slippie gator, which serves the same purpose as the Tyvex slipper except that it also has handles. If you have difficulty bending down to grab the stocking, you can use these handles to help pull the stocking up. Juzo provides a wonderful short video demonstrating this unique and effective tool.
Having trouble bending down to reach that stocking? The Butler may be the answer for you. There are several different models of the Butler and most of the major manufacturers of compression stockings make a butler. One of the most popular butlers is the Medi “BIG” Butler. What’s nice about this product is that it has very long handles (18″) and a large diameter (6″), which allows for a wider calf. It is a bit more expensive than the average butler, but if you need that little bit of extra space and reach, it provides for it. Check out this video on how effective this device can be.
Medi also makes a butler for the arm, which hooks on to a table top for security. You no longer need to struggle getting that arm sleeve all the way up your arm with the Medi Arm Butler. Check out how easy this butler is to use without the strain and struggle.
The idea behind the Easy Slide is that it is much more effortless to slide a garment over this slick surface than over your skin. The Easy Slide comes in a version for the arm and for the leg. It is also available in several different sizes.
Some other devices that you might want to check out are the Sigvaris Simon or the Sigvaris Doff N’ Donner. The Simon is unique because it gives you the same advantages as the butler. However, it can be easily taken apart to stow away or use for travel. The Doff N’ Donner is an easy and effective way to get your compression stockings on or off. This device does require you to bend down far enough to get it over your foot. This product is especially helpful for caregivers.
DONNING THOSE COMPRESSION STOCKINGS?
Gradient compression stockings can be a challenge to get on, but with a little help from our donning and doffing friends, not impossible. If none of these gadgets appeal to you, or you do not think they would work for you, there is still the option of a Velcro Wrap compression garments. The FarrowWrap Classic is one of our best sellers for more challenging lymphedema. Those with a milder case, Juzo Compression Wrap or Sigvaris CompreFlex might be a good choice. These garments are a very effective alternative for those who are unable to get compression stockings on or off.