How to Remove Compression Socks

June 13, 2023

Whether your doctor has recommended that you wear compression socks, or you're self-treating, you need to know how to remove them. They can hurt more than help if they're worn or removed incorrectly. The good news is that there are some tricks you can use to prevent damage to the socks and make them easier to put on and take off.

To avoid ripping the sock, don't pull it up by its top band. Doing so can damage the material, so it's best to pull up the sock from the heel down and slide it off the foot. Wrinkled and bunched-up stockings can also hurt more than help, so if yours are twisted or creased, straighten them out before wearing them. If you're unable to reach your feet easily, a medical dressing stick can make it easier to put on and take off stockings, as well as to clean them.

It's a good idea to wash your compression socks at least once every other day. Check the care instructions for your particular pair, but most can be machine-washed in cool water with mild laundry detergent. It's important to air-dry your compression stockings properly, and to use a mesh laundry bag to protect them in case they have lace or elastic material that could be damaged by water. Using a dryer can cause them to shrink and warp, so you'll need to use a low heat setting, or roll them up in a towel and let them air dry at room temperature.

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