Getting Started with Vein Therapy (Part 4) – What Donner is the Correct One

Using Stocking Donners

Which Donner is Right for You?

Regular size donner

We currently carry 2 metal donners. The first is our tried and true Regular Size Donner. This is a donner that can be used by those whose calf circumference is 16 inches or less.

Large Calf Donner

The next metal donner we offer is the Mediven Large Calf Donner. It will fit those with a calf circumference from 18 inches up to about 24 inches. The handles are about 18 inches long.

More Donning Aids


For those customers who wear open-toe stockings, we have the Easy Slide. This is made out of parachute material and enables the stocking to slide on easily and then the Easy Slide can be removed by pulling through the open-toe.

Easy Slide Open Toe Method

Another product which we carry is Alps Fitting Lotion. This is amazingly like putting ball bearings on your heels. To use Alps you first put on a pair of examination gloves (if you alpsput it on your hands your hands will become very slippery and you will not be able to pull your socks on). A pea size amount of Alps is applied to your heel only using examination gloves. Remove the gloves before donning stockings. Follow the instructions we send with your stockings for donning. ALPS is 100% Silicone Fitting Lotion/Skin Conditioner for Sensitive Skin that imparts a smooth, silky feel to sensitive skin that is chapped and dry and makes the stocking slip over the heal.

How to Take Your Stockings Off

Now that we have got your stockings on, we need to discuss how to remove them without cutting them off. If you have no issues with range of motion, just start at the top of the stocking and peel it down like you peel a banana. The stocking will slip on itself. When you have removed the stocking, it will be wrong side out.

Patients whose mobility is impaired can make use of simple aids. A rubber mat is recommended, (back of a bath mat or the Juzo mat soon to be seen in our donning aids). In the seated position, you pull the stocking down as far as you can by hand. Then you put your foot on the mat, use the other foot to stabilize the mat and pull your heel across the mat from front to back. This gradually pulls the stocking downward and off the foot.

ButlerOff_med[1]For those of our customers who do have problems with range of ButlerOffInstructionmotion, our friends at Mediven have come up with a very neat apparatus called a Butler Off or Doffer. It is like a shoe spoon with a long “T-handle” with a hook on it for removal of socks. In fact when used properly, you can even pick the sock up without bending to retrieve it.

Remember, if your stockings are in your drawer, they are not doing you any good!!

Call one of our Certified Fitters on 1-800-515-4271 for assistance with ordering these products,