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Compression Socks doesn’t have to be a daily struggle! Yes, they’re snug. They are supposed to be – that’s what makes them medically useful. But that’s also why it can be difficult to put on compression socks, especially over the heel and ankle. Unfortunately, when people get discouraged, they don’t wear them consistently – and the swelling in their lower legs and ankles tends to get worse rather than better. The following tips can help you adopt smarter habits. While you’re lying down in bed in the morning, your legs are the least swollen since gravity hasn’t been pulling blood and fluids down like it does when you’re standing up. 

If you’re already up and around, lie back down for a bit before you put on your compression stockings. Don’t roll up compression stockings like regular socks before putting them on. Instead, try turning them inside out, either half-way, or fully. An open-toed stocking may need to be held in place at the bottom while pulling it all the way up. Make sure it’s straight, and the heel is in the right place. And never fold the top edge down. Smooth out wrinkles from bottom to top. Wrinkled and bunched-up compression stockings don’t just look untidy – they can hurt more than help. But don’t tug on your stocking by the top band; that can damage it.

Rather than trying to straighten out a badly wrinkled stocking, it may be easier to pull it off and start over. Take off compression socks by reversing the process. For removing stockings, it’s okay to start by pulling the top band down. Then stroke downward with flat hands as the sock doubles over itself. Finally, pull it over your heel, and then off. Taking the time to learn how to put on your compression socks really will make a difference. Consider it a worthwhile investment in your own health. You can do this!