Fact Sheet For How to Apply & Remove Compression Stockings Compression stockings are often difficult to apply and remove as the compression is greatest at the ankle, requiring the largest part of the foot to pass through the smallest and tightest part of the stocking. While difficult at first, it does get easier with practice and time if the correct steps are followed. To Apply Stockings 1 Turn leg of the stocking inside out and down as far as the heel. Except for the foot, the inside of the stocking should face outwards. 2 Use both thumbs to stretch the foot of the stocking open and pull the stocking over the foot. Grip the folded edge 3 of the stocking and 4 pull it over the heel. Once all the leg of the stocking is above the ankle, reach inside with thumbs and ease the fabric up the leg in a zig zag movement towards the knee (do not pull top seam up as this will damage the fabric). Next, check for the following: • For knee high stockings, there should be a two-finger width below the back of the knee and the top of the stocking. • The heel section should fit correctly over the heel. • The tops of the stockings should not be folded down or rolled over. • The stocking fabric should be evenly spread along the leg to prevent fluid (from swelling or fluid retention) collecting in the loose pockets of the stockings. • The stocking edge is positioned at the base of the toes in open toe stockings.