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What devices are available to help me put on my compression stockings?
People with varicose veins from superficial venous insufficieny would benefit the most from a graded compression stocking although even normal superficial veins can benefit from some support.
People with venous insufficiency benefit from wearing compression stockings.
There are various devices to help with putting on compression hose including butlers and zippers, but try wearing rubber gloves when putting them on, it makes it much easier.
Any one who wears compression stockings will benefit from them. I have personally wore them for thirty years and I don't have a single spider or varicose vein. The best aid in applying them is simply a pair of rubber gloves. If this isn't enough then each stocking company has various application aids.
Essentially everyone benefits from wearing Compression Stockings. As our society has become increasingly industrialized, our amount and type of walking has diminished. Walking activates the foot and calf muscles which in turn are the major pumps for emptying venous circulation and any excess fluid. Compression Stockings assist the effectiveness of leg circulation pumps.The key element for the effectiveness is proper professional fitting and instruction regarding the care and use of these garments. The most helpful "device" to help put these hose on are Snug fitting Textured Rubber Gloves. The hose are meant to be evenly applied by "milking" them up with the palm of the hands. This method is much superior to pulling them up by the top end. In the latter case, it is possible to rip or create a hole in the stocking, and they may have a tendency to displace unless evenly applied. Some device that help you get started putting on the stocking are: A metal "butler" that the stocking is place on first and then the foot is placed in the stocking. A"stocking donner "is a silk sleeve that goes over the foot first then lines up the stocking to slip over the foot. Third there are light support stockings that are applied first then the heavier compression stocking can slide over more easily.