How To Put On Your Socks

I have customers call and tell me they would like a stocking with a zipper because they are not able to put on (don) their stockings or socks. You would think it would be a lot easier with a zipper, but it really is not. It takes 3-yes three hands to put on a zippered stocking. It takes two hands to hold the zipper together and one to zip the stocking. The zipper tends to slide down on the zippered stockings and the top of the zipper can dig into the leg causing a sore. Other customers express their desire to “step back” in compression (i.e. from a 20-30 to a 15-20 mmHg compression). This is not necessarily a good idea. You would not be following your physician’s orders and you would not be getting proper compression for your diagnosis. This should be a last-ditch choice when no other methods work.
First I suggest they follow the directions which we send with each and every order. If you have misplaced yours, here they are again:
Turn back the top of the stocking onto itself. Usually this is down to nearly the heel pocket.
Place your foot (toes pointed if possible) in the stocking until it meets resistance. With both hands grab the stocking on each side of your ankle and pull towards you body until it meets resistance.
Fold the stocking back onto itself, grab at the sides at the top of the fold and pull towards your body. Repeat the fold back and pulling procedure again until the garment is positioned correctly on your leg.
Smooth out any wrinkles and adjust the heel and ankle area for comfort.The top of knee-high stockings should be two finger widths below the crease at the back of your knee. Thigh high stockings should be two to four finger widths below you groin. With knee-high and thigh high garments, never pull on top band. This will break the threads on the band. Stockings will wrinkle and move throughout the day. Check your stockings periodically to smooth out any wrinkles. It is not unusual to need to adjust your compression socks or compression stockings at least three times a day. Don’t just pull on the top of the garment. Fold the stocking in half, place your thumbs inside the garment next to your leg and pull up. Repeat until the stocking is back in place.


If this method does not work, I recommend the Sigvaris Donning Gloves I call them my “Magic Green Gloves”. They give me greater strength in my fingers. The rough “nubbies” on the gloves enable you to “pinch and pull” your stockings up. You can also rub up and down your leg so the fullness of the garment is distributed even on the leg.


Several of our manufacturers including Jobst and Medi make metal framed Donners which stretch the stocking open and enable you to “almost” just step into the stocking.

There are many other methods we use to enable you to get your support socks or support stockings on. Give us a chance to work with you and find a method which works for you so you can remain compliant with your doctor’s orders.

Remember, support socks or support stockings do you no good if they sit in your dresser drawer.

We hope we can make your life easier,


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More Questions You Have Asked

Our clients have certainly given us some questions that need to be addressed. One of the main concerns seems to be that of being able to don and doff (put on and take off) their own compression stockings. Staying independent is important to all of us. One question that was asked is if there is a donner for support pantyhose similar to the one for knee high or thigh high support socks. Yes there is. However I do not recommend using it. I believe it is one thing to have one leg in a donner trying to pull up a support sock, but to have both legs involved in a donner I feel could lead to a nasty fall.

It seems everyone wants to know the easiest way to put on support pantyhose. I would like to share with you how I put my panty hose on. I wear 20-30 pantyhose and it takes me about 5 minutes and a bit of patience to put my stockings on in the morning. While it is not an easy task, it is really no more difficult than putting on a pair of knee high stockings. The hardest part of putting on any lower extremity compression garment is getting it over the heel. First I will repeat what I said last week, never gather the stocking. I use the Sigvaris Donning Gloves to put on my support pantyhose. I call them my “magic green gloves”. They enable arthritic hands to have better grasp. I use the little “nubbies” to pinch and pull the stockings up. They also protect my stockings from my fingernails. Even when I have the Sigvaris Donning Gloves on, I use only the balls of the finger tips to grasp the stockings.

First I sit down and with out my “magic green gloves” I pull the stockings on one leg as far as I can.  (For me, it is easier to start with the left leg.) Then I put on my gloves and pull the stocking up and over my heel and then up my leg as high above the knee as I can by pinching the garment and pulling it up. Then I start the other leg into the stocking and use the gloves in the same manner to pull the stocking up to the same level.

When I have them as high up my legs as I can get them while sitting down I remove the gloves, stand up, and pull the stockings up and over my tummy. Once this is accomplished, I put the gloves back on and start at the ankle of each leg and re-stretch the stockings by pinching and pulling all the way up the leg.

Then I take the gloves off and place my hands in the back of the stockings with my palms out. I push away from the body and lift up without grabbing the stockings. This seats the crotch of the pantyhose.

If the color or appearance of the stockings is uneven, I put on the gloves and use the flat of the hand to rub gently up or down the leg to adjust the stocking so it has an even appearance.

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Now that we have managed to put on stockings or socks, how are we going to get them off? I have had clients become so frustrated and panicked that they cut (yes, cut) a very expensive garment off. Same thing applies here as when putting on a compression garment…never gather the garment (or allow it to roll) when removing it. It becomes like the rubber band again and extremely difficult to remove. Instead start at the top and pull the garment down allowing the garment (it does not matter if it is a knee high, thigh high, or pantyhose) to slid on itself until you are able to pull it off your foot. The stocking slides on itself.  Peel your socks off just like you peel a banana.

If the “Peel a banana” method is not working for you, we have another option the Mediven Butler Off. The Butler Off looks similar to a shoe horn. There is a handle on top for pushing and a “tooth” to help push the garment off. The Butler Off is not meant for use with sheer support hose, but with more substantial garments. The Butler Off is not to be used to help push yourself up from a sitting position.

How to Use the Medi Butler Off for Removal of Stockings or SocksHow to use Medi Butler Off

  • Slide the tip of the horn under the top band of the stockings.
  • Now push the handle gently downwards: the far end of the horn slides down your calf and then over your heel. During the whole process the inner surface of the horn should remain in contact with your skin. At the same time the “tooth” helps push the stocking downwards. In order to regain contact with your skin you can start again with the horn a little higher and then continue with the downward movement if necessary.
  • As soon as you reach your heel lift your heel up. Then tilt the stick downwards a little to guide the horn along the underside of your foot. Caution: Make sure you do not press the stocking against the ground with the doffing aid. Otherwise the stocking may be damaged. Now push the handle forwards gently: the stockings slides off your foot, but stays on the horn.

There are more ways to don and doff compression stockings or support socks that these, but perhaps this will get you started. If you have comments or more questions, please click on the title of this newsletter, More Questions You Have Asked, scroll to the bottom of the blog, and leave your message as a guest.


Support Hose – Questions You May Have Asked

I had a gentleman email me the other day asking how to sort his compression socks into pairs. This started me thinking…there are questions we get asked over and over again so I thought I would devote a few newsletters covering some of these questions.

How can I sort support socks so I don’t embarass myself by having on mismatched support socks?

mismatched socks

    Compression socks are dyed so very heavy that it is often very difficult to tell the difference between blue, brown and black until you have mismatched socks on! (Even in this photo one sock is brown and the other back.)
  • You should get your socks in really good light. They are much easier to pair that way.
  • You could put each pair in a separate lingerie bag when you remove the socks. They are always paired that way.
  • When you receive your new socks, take a few running stitches in the top of the socks. Use a different color for each pair.

Is there any way to make support socks or support stockings with silicone tops stay up?  
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    After you have had your socks or stockings with a silicone band for a little while (less than the 4 – 6 month life of the garment), they may start to slide down.

  • Sometimes you will get a body protein and lotion (accidental application) build up on the silicone band (even if you wash these garments every night).
  • Take a wash cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol and wipe only the silicone dots or silicone strips. This could be done weekly as a deterrent to garments sliding
  • This will restore the tackiness of the silicone.


Is there an easier way to put support hose or support socks on someone else?

Donning a Sock

    I have clients who are caregivers make comments about how hard it is to put compression support hose or support stockings on someone else.

  • To begin with, never and I mean never, gather the compression sock or stocking like you would an ordinary sock or stocking. The garment becomes like a rubber band and you cannot stretch it open far enough to insert the toes… no matter how strong you are, it is next to impossible. Fold the top of the sock down until you are right above the heal pocket.
  • Insert your thumbs into the opening and stretch the garment open. (You are only stretching two layers of support sock and not a clump of support sock).
  • Next sit next to the person you are going to put the stockings on and pull the garment on them as though you were pulling the garment onto your leg.
  • It is many times easier to pull a sock or stocking on than try to push one on!

If you have questions or comments, scroll to the bottom of this blog and leave your comment or question as a guest.

Doff N’ Donner is Back

Doff N Donner Bladder Pole and Box

Doff N Donner Bladder, Pole and Box

 The first step in being compliant with your physician’s orders to wear compression stockings is to be able to get them on. The Doff N’ Donner products are the easiest to use for self donning (helping you remain as independent a possible) as well as for a caregiver to assist you. Support Hose Plus is very excited that we have these products from Doff N’ Donner back on our website. Can you tell this is my favorite donner? The Doff N’ Donner is a revolutionary donner and doffer which can be used on knee high and thigh high garments using a very simple principal. The compression stocking (closed or open toe) is applied to the cone or your arm.  The Donner, a toroid or torus (an infinitely shaped water bladder or balloon that works by inverting on itself), is placed on the cone or your arm and the support stocking is rolled around the doughnut shaped donner. The stocking is then simply rolled onto the leg.

Check out how to use the cone and bladder. When you finish simply close the YouTube video tab and you should return to this email. The Cone and the Bladder are sold separately. They can be used with open toe or closed toe garments.

Doff N Donner Runway

Doff N Donner Runway

Now that you have seen how to use the Doff N’ Donner Pole and Bladder to get the stocking ready for donning, see how easy donning can be accomplished. It is so easy a six year old girl can do it! This is the second video on the page.

We have added another great product from this company, the Doff N Donner Runway.  See how the Runway can enable you to complete your donning by yourself. In fact I received a note from a customer today saying she thought this product was amazing and she thought it should be included with all orders of support hose.

 If you are having donning issues, this is the go to product to enable you to be compliant with your physician’s orders. Please call one of our Certified Fitters for assistance with this order at 1-800-515-4271.

Support Hose Plus has always been proud to offer you superior products at the lowest price possible. We are very proud to offer you JobstMediSigvarisJuzo, and Therafirm  We look forward in the future to offer other superior products for daily living and leg health.

Here is to your leg health,

I Don’t Need to Wear My Support Hose Any More?

I have so many customers e-mail me and tell me what good service we have provided them but, “I don’t need your support socks or support stockings any more”.  I know the daily drudgery of putting your garment on is not pleasant  but I accept it as a part of my life. I would be thrilled for them but, I know in most instances the problem has not gone away. The evil monster “edema” has in some way been hidden away. If you have had a vein stripping or venous closure, why did you get the varicose veins in the first place? Has that problem been eradicated or is it still present waiting to create more varicose veins?

If you bought stockings just for foot or knee surgery to keep the swelling down, has all the edema gone away or are you experiencing the edema on days when you are on your feet too long. The compression garments would be of great help to keep the edema under control on those really busy days.

If your physician requested you to wear 20-30mmHg compression, perhaps stepping back to 15-20mmHg compression would give your legs that little bit of extra support to keep them feeling great all day.

“Walk, walk, walk” is some of the best advice I can give you. Walking stimulates that calf pump that helps that blood get back to the heart. If you wear your support socks while you walk, that calf pump is enhanced. Walking also helps you maintain a healthy weight which keeps your legs healthy.

Let us help you find a way to put your support hose on

Your day does not have to start with struggling to put on your support stockings

If you are still struggling getting the compression socks or compression stockings on, take a look at our stocking donners and doffers. Support Hose Plus has stocking donners for everyone! Be sure to watch our website…our most popular donner, the Doff N’ Donner will be back soon!

So get those support stockings or support socks out of the dresser drawer and get them on your legs and get moving.

Please call one of the Certified Fitters for assistance with the selection and ordering of stocking donners.


New Beginnings


January is a great month to pursue new beginnings. Last January we discussed New Year’s resolutions and how not to overwhelm yourself with too many goals. Even if we were not successful last year, we can start from right now. January is a great month to pursue new beginnings. The best place to start is in what we eat. We can start by not getting rid of anything, but by increasing our water, vegetable, and fruit consumption. This will begin your journey to a healthier you. The next natural step is to put on those support stockings or support socks and increase your activity level. Start with attainable goals that fit in your current lifestyle. If the only walking you do is from your car to the grocery store, then park a few spaces further away from the entry. Increase your goals as you reach your objective.

Support Hose Store Struggling with Stockings
Your morning should not have to start like this!

Now the big question is…have you been wearing those compression stockings or compression socks or have they been sitting in you dresser drawer? If they are not on your legs, you are doing yourself a disservice. We’ve all gained a few pounds or lost a little “muscular integrity”, and the support stockings will increase the circulation in your legs and help them feel better while you are increasing your activity.I know they are not easy to get on and some of you say, “I just can’t get them on”. Yes, you can! Our Certified Fitters at Support Hose Plus know the “Secrets of the Best Fitters”! You might want to take a look at Secrets of the Best Fitters in our September 9, 2008 blog entry. If you are still having trouble, please call our Certified Fitters on our toll-free number, 1-844-472-8807 and they will help you walk through the donning techniques!

As Oprah once said,
“Cheers to a New Year & another chance for us to get it right!!”


October is Positive Attitude Month

October is Positive Attitude month

We know it is sometimes difficult and even frustrating to put on your support stockings every day (especially stockings in the higher compressions). Take a look at a couple of our top newsletters on, Secrets of the Best Fitters and New Year’s Resolution for a Healthier You. You will find many tips to help you get those pesky stockings on and give you a better quality of life because your legs do feel better. If you need help with the instructions, just call one of our certified fitters at 1-800-515-4271 and they will walk you through the steps.

It is easy to see why a lot of us have negative attitudes towards wearing support hose and support socks, but if you wake up each morning with a positive attitude, it makes it possible to enjoy life more and improve your health and your relationship with others.

1. Decide to have a positive attitude about putting on your stockings. Whether you put stockings on yourself or others assist you, a positive attitude can help ensure success. Support Hose Store has many donning devices available to help you get those stockings on. Please call one of our Certified Fitters on our toll-free number, 1-844-472-8807 for assistance in selecting a product.

2. Wearing your stockings can enable you to get out and surround yourself with positive people. We become like the people we spend the most time with. When we surround ourselves with positive people, their attitude is contagious.

3. Use positive affirmations such as “I can put on my stockings.” We need to replace our negative self talk with positive affirmations. Replace “I hate getting up in the morning” with “I am grateful for a wonderful new day.” Eventually changing our self talk will lead to the changes in our behavior.

4. Take time to help other people. Show other people in your life how they can learn to don their stockings just as you have and be able to have a better quality of life. When you help others, it gives you a better outlook.

5. Don’t stop; never give up. Even when you have a positive attitude, you may still have days when you don’t want to put on the stockings. On these days, you may need to take some extra time to review the previous tips and remember to not give in to the negativity surrounding wearing support stockings.

Best of all, these attitudes toward compression stockings apply to everyday life. Keep Your Positive Attitude!

Doff N' Donner

The donning of a new age in donning appliances!

The Doff N’ Donner is a revolutionary donner and doffer which can be used on knee high and thigh high garments using a very simple principal. The compression stocking (closed or open toe) is applied to the cone or your arm. The Donner, a toroid or torus (an infinitely shaped water balloon that works by inverting on itself), is placed on the cone or your arm and the support stocking is rolled around the doughnut shaped donner. The stocking is then simply rolled onto the leg.
Please call out toll-free number, 1-800-515-4271 to order this wonderful donner.


Juzo Slippie Gator Instructions

Just click on this link to view our Juzo Slippie Gator Instructions
The Slippie Gator can be purchased thru and is used to put on your support stockings, support socks, support hose, compression stockings, compression socks. Please call one of our Certified fitters on our toll-free number, 1-844-472-8807 to place an order.