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Posted by ohiojudy (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 9, 08 at 12:09

Does anyone have any tips for an easy way to get support hose on someone else. DF has to wear them because of swelling and I have a heck of a time getting them on. He has bad knees so that I can't push real hard. It's a work out I'll tell you.


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I don't have any but hope someone else will, 'cause I could use a few too. Nearly wears you out to get the first one on and dread takes over at facing the second! Whew!


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Are you sure you have the right size? I wore them following a surgical procedure and put them on myself. They were knee highs.


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There are different levels of support/compression. My mother had to wear knee high compression socks that were prescribed by her doctor. She wore them because of a blood clot and swelling. They were T.E.D.s and really difficult to put on. Here's a description: "T.E.D. anti-embolism stockings provide graduated compression clinically proven to reduce thromboembolic disease. Anti-embolism stockings are designed to speed blood flow with graduated compression."

Later, she went on to wear support stocking that I could by over the counter at medical supply stores. Those were a little easier to put on.

As Jonesy mentioned, the size of the socks is critical. My mother had to be measured for the original prescription socks and even for the ones I bought for her at the medical supply store. The only ones I could get without exact measurements were from the local drug store. The only sizes available there were small, medium, & large; I just made an educated guess. Those were the easiest of all to get on because their support/compression was quite a bit less.


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On the 5th day of a bus tour I have swelling from the knees down and a nurse suggested I wear support hose. I will check with my doctor to be sure. After a 12 day bus tour, I could barely walk, but not all of that was from swelling.


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When my DH had to wear them after open heart surgery, the people at the medical center measured him for the correct size and showed us how to put them on. He got a prescription from the Dr. so the insurance paid for them
Does he really need the full support hose, or just something for his knees. Only his dr can tell. Is he a specialist? Also check with the medical center selling the products. In our case it is the one located at our medical center so they could call the the Dr to find out exactly what was needed.


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I have to use the medium compression hose. The thigh-highs are the easiest for me to get on. Have them in the pantyhose and those are a workout for sure.

The way I put them on is to put my toes in them all the way, then double the hose over so there are two folds to get hold of, grab underneath the bottom of the foot and work those up past the ankle. After that I grab hold of the two layers again and work them up the leg. They are nearly impossible to pull up if you don't grab the two folds at the same time. That keeps them from ripping quite so easily, too.

Had surgery for varicose veins and had to wear the chap hose for quite some time. HATED them! Went to the pantyhose, then to the thigh-highs and they are much easier. Am supposed to put them on every day before I get out of bed and it makes me dread getting out of bed because of the hassle.

Try the method of folding them down and grabbing the two thicknesses and hopefully it will be easier for you to get them on someone else. I cannot get them up with just trying to pull them on.


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Go to the medical supply store or a drug store that sells the hose and buy a pair of special rubber gloves made to assist with donning the hose (about $5.00). They provide the traction you need to help your palms and fingers propel the stocking up the leg. My mom uses them. Hers are blue in color, and she swears by them for more ease in getting those darn hose on!!!


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Use a small amount of baby powder inside the stocking. Make sure to check with your doctor to see if this is okay for the skin. It helps tremendously when dh had hip surgery.


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I went to the doctor about the condition of my knees and feet. The nurse mentioned the swelling and suggested support hose of some kind and she said you DO NOT have to buy the expensive hose. She suggested Walmart or places like that and go in the morning when you are not swollen and to try the hose on at the store. I think I will just buy a medium and try it on at home. LOL


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