How to Put on Compression Socks

Figuring out how to put on compression socks is the hardest part of wearing them, since they’re designed to be quite fitted. It’s especially tricky if you have thin compression socks like pantyhose. If you’re struggling to figure out how to put on thin pantyhose, try wearing rubber gloves while you pull them on. If you’re trying to figure out how to put on compression socks without aggravating skin irritation, apply a bit of cornstarch powder to your legs to help the socks slide on. A nifty tool called a stocking donner also can help you slide on your socks smoothly.

Watch our video on how to put on your compression socks:

A Step-By-Step Guide to Putting on Your Compression Socks
  1. Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel.
  2. Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over towards your hand until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.
  3. With the sock still inverted, pull it firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.
  4. Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high and do not fold the cuff over.

2 comments


  • VIM & VIGR

    Hi Carolyn! You might find that our cotton or moisture-wick nylon socks are easiest to put on – they have quite a bit of stretch. Hope that helps!


  • Carolyn CROUCH

    I have rheumatoid arthritis in my hands and feet. I need to wear compression socks but find the action of putting them on to be painful as well as challenging. Must of your socks are cotton. Would nylon be easier to put on for my situation?


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