How to put on your open toe Scholl stockings
If you have difficulty in getting your compression hosiery over your foot you may wish to try using open toe stockings and a Scholl Fitting Socklet.
Scholl Fitting Socklets are available free of charge. Please telephone our Consumer Relations Department on 0800 074 2040.
Like many things in life, putting on your compression hosiery is just a question of getting the right knack, but there are a few hints to note before you start:
- Always put on your stockings, socks or tights first thing in the morning, in case your legs become swollen as the day progresses
- Make sure your fingernails and toenails are free from rough edges which could cause snags and ladders
- Remove any jewellery which could catch as you put your hosiery on
Now follow the instructions below:
Peel your stockings off gently. Do not roll them or pull them.
Look after your skin
Applying moisturiser to your legs every night will help you to put on your stockings, socks or tights in the morning, as it is easier to ease them over smooth, well cared for skin.
Watch out for sore patches
Before you fit your stockings, socks and tights take note of any patches on your legs that are sore. Ease the garment over these patches particularly carefully, both when putting your hosiery on and when taking them off. This will help to prevent the sore patches breaking down into ulcers. If any of the sore patches become ‘weepy’, contact your doctor or nurse for help.
If your stockings, socks or tights seem too long
The stretchy material of your stockings, socks or tights makes it possible to take them too far up your legs. If they seem too long, take them back down to your ankle and refit, being careful not to pull them up too much.
NEVER fold your stockings or socks over at the top, as this will make a tight band around your leg, reducing the flow of blood and making your legs swell.
If your stockings, socks or tights seem too short
If they seem too short, take your stockings, socks or tights back down to your ankle and refit, pulling them up firmly but without tugging. There is plenty of stretch in the material, which should help them to fit.
If you are finding it difficult to grip the hosiery firmly enough, try wearing lightweight household rubber gloves which can stop your fingers from slipping.