How to put on - take off compression socks in a few easy steps

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This article will first show you how to put on compression socks in 8 easy steps right out of bed in the morning.

Besides putting them on, later, we will show you how to take them off in 6 steps at the end of the day before sleeping.

Also, to help you visualize these steps, we have added a tutorial prepared by Doctor Brace.

This video shows you how to wear compression socks and remove them. You can find this tutorial at the end of this blog.

But before we get to the steps, first, let's answer a few questions you might have while wearing compression socks.

Why is it important to put compression socks on correctly?

While wearing compression socks, the first piece of advice that comes to mind is:

Be sure to put them on correctly!


Wearing Compression Socks  - Image Showing Four Socks In Different Colors With White Background


Here's the reason why:


Putting compression socks on correctly has several benefits, including:

  • The legs will be more comfortable
  • Even distribution of compression fabric: graduated compression would be even across the entire leg
  • Fit them snugly over your toes, heel, calf or thigh to ensure your compression stockings fit perfectly. It also helps prevent chafing and swelling if it's too tight or ill-fitting

When to wear compression socks?

It's essential to put on your compression socks when you get out of bed in the morning.

If you have to shower before putting them on, that wouldn't be a problem. You can always wear them right after your shower.

Why put on compression socks when getting out of bed?

Wearing your compression socks when you get up is strongly recommended because your legs are less swollen in the morning.

Thus, the fact that your leg is less bulky makes it much easier to put on compression socks.

Can you wear compression socks all day? How many hours a day should you wear them?

Yes, both men and women should wear compression socks all the time, all day, as long as they are awake.

How long should you wear compression socks?

As for the time horizon for wearing compression socks, you should know that people with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) or varicose veins must use them for a long time.

Why? Because CVI, or poor blood circulation, currently has no known medical treatment.

Regular use of medical compression stockings will limit its symptoms and prevent its aggravation.


Person With Varicose Vein Wearing Compression Socks In Knee High Beige


So, before choosing your compression socks in 20 30 mmHg or 30 40 mmHg, it is essential to feel good in them.

Also, since you will be wearing them for a long time, you should choose the best compression stockings with the materials that suit you best.

Devices to help put on compression socks

There are two types of devices to help you put on your compression socks more easily:

  • Donning gloves
  • Donner for compression socks

Donning gloves

Donning gloves for compression stockings are rubber gloves that come in pairs.

Donning Glove To Put On Compression Socks - Green

What particularly characterizes them is the rough surface on the palm side of the hand.

This surface allows you to hold and adjust the stockings to your legs without tearing them or pulling on a thread.

Donning gloves are essential accessories for properly wearing compression socks. Everyone should have at least one pair.

Compression socks donner

The compression stocking donner is a device to help put on and take off compression socks without much effort.


Compression Socks Donner With Metal White Frame To Put On Compression Socks More Easily


This specialized sock donner can have several shapes or modes of operation:

  • In soft and slippery fabric
  • With a metal frame
  • Conical shape
  • With gel, etc.

Compression socks donner is ideal for the elderly. It can also help put on stockings with more compressive fabric, such as the 30 40 mmHg or 40 50 mmHg compression grading, or opaque material, such as rubber.

8 steps to wear compression socks

Step 1: Get into a seated position

To wear your compression socks comfortably, you can sit on the edge of your bed or a chair.


Women Trying To Put Compression Socks On While Sitting On A Bed Edge


Step 2: Wear your donning gloves

Before you start putting on your compression socks, we strongly recommend wearing donning gloves.

Step 3: Hold the antislip band of your compression stocking

  • Slide both thumbs inside the stocking
  • Hold the antislip band on each side
  • Gently pull on the elastic band. Be sure to do this simultaneously to widen the opening

Step 4: Tuck the forefoot into your socks

Gradually tuck your toes into the stretched opening, then pull the compression stocking upwards by gently pulling on the antislip band.

Note: Avoid pulling too hard to prevent tearing the band or the compression fabric.

Step 5: Gradually slip your leg into the compression stockings

Pull the compression stockings up as high as possible until you have some resistance.

At this point, be careful not to stretch them too much, as this may damage the band.

Step 6: Fit your socks properly to your foot and heel

Now that your stockings are in place fit them snugly over the heel, foot, and toes.

Apply a rocking motion. To do this, gently massage the fabric with the donning gloves.

Note: Smoothing the fabric over your skin is essential.

Step 7: Fit your stockings snugly to your ankle and calf

Now adjust the stocking at the ankle and calf. Also, massage the compression fabric with an upward motion.

Wearing Compression Socks While Adjusting Fabric On Legs With Special Movements

Note: You must avoid leaving creases on your compression socks.

Step 8: Lift the antislip band of your compression socks and put it in the correct position

Once the compression fabric is snug on your leg, the last step is correctly positioning the antislip band of your compression stocking.

Ideally, you should position the band 1 or 2 inches below the popliteal fossa.

Note: Again, make sure the fabric is smooth. Otherwise, massage the fabric to get rid of excess material.

6 steps to take off compression socks

Step 1: Wear the donning gloves

As with wearing your compression socks, we strongly recommend using donning gloves when taking them off.

Step 2: Place your thumbs between your leg and the antislip band

Slide the thumb of each hand on either side of the stocking.

Step 3: flip the end of your compression socks

Using both thumbs, flip the sock band inside out.

Then, gently pull the band down, bringing it back towards the toes.

Step 4: Lower your compression stockings to the heel

You must massage the compressive fabric at the ankle's height with downward movements to do this.

Then, you have to bring it back gently to the heel level.

Step 5: Take your heel off your sock

Slide the compression stocking with your thumb to release the heel.

Step 6: Completely remove the foot from your compression stockings

Slide the fabric again to release your foot from the compression socks gradually.

Finally, remove your foot from your stocking by pulling on the band.


In this text, we have listed the eight easy-to-follow steps to put on compression socks. We have also prepared some helpful tips to help you do it right.

In addition, we have listed the six steps to remove them gradually without damaging them.

For more help, you can also consult this educational tutorial to familiarize yourself with this process and more easily integrate all this information:


This video shows you how to put on and take off your compression stockings daily.

Wal Assi

About the author

Wal Assi

Wal combines cutting-edge technical expertise with solid practical experience acquired over more than twenty-nine years, including fifteen years at the helm of companies specializing in orthopedic products and health & wellness products.

Holding a Bachelor of Business Administration, an MBA, and the CFA designation, Wal has an in-depth knowledge of specialized orthopedic products, ranging from compression socks to supports and braces.

In addition to his practical and technical knowledge of various products, Wal keeps up to date by attending continuous training, following new industry trends, and reading scientific and professional articles related to the products distributed by Doctor Brace.

Wal offers reliable and well-researched advice through his writings. His articles reflect his technical and practical expertise, as well as a deep understanding of the needs of his target clientele.