How to Put On Compression Socks

Compression socks can be a little tricky to put on. This is because they're supposed to fit tightly around your foot and ankle. 

Watch the video below and read our helpful tips.

We've included some tips and tricks to help you answer some common questions you might have.

Wearing Compression Socks

Follow instructions on how long each day you need to wear your compression socks. You may need to wear them all day.

The socks should feel firm around your feet. You will feel the most pressure around your lower ankles and less pressure higher up.

Putting On Your Compression Socks

Put on socks first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. Your legs have the least amount of swelling early in the morning.

  • Hold the top of the sock inside out and roll it down from the toe to the heel.
  • Put your foot into the socks as far as you can. Put your heel in the heel of the sock.
  • Pull the sock up. Unroll the sock over the top of your ankle.
  • After the top of the sock is in place, smooth out any wrinkles.
  • Do not let the socks bunch up or wrinkle.
  • Wear your compression socks under your regular socks

Compression Socks Can Be Hard To Put On

If it's hard for you to put on the socks, try these tips:

  • Apply lotion on your feet and ankles but let it dry before you put on the socks.
  • Use baby powder or cornstarch on your ankles. This may help the socks slide up.
  • Put on rubber dishwashing gloves to help adjust the socks and smooth them out.

Wash Your Socks Every Day

Keep the socks clean:

  • Wash the socks each day with mild soap and water. Rinse and air dry.
  • Replace your socks every 3 to 6 months so that they maintain their support.