There are many devices to help you put on compression garments. Most of our manufacturers offer their own version of stocking donners, which look like metal cages about 1 ½ feet high. You fit a stocking over a round metal shape in the center and then step into it, allowing your downward leg motion to do most of the work. Stocking donners require patience and practice, and are most useful for individuals who can’t bend at the waist.
Easy-Slide, arm slippies, Slippie Gator, rubber donning gloves are other devises which seem to be more useful. However, one of the least known and most effective donning aids is a bottle of fitting lotion. The main ingredient in fitting lotions is silicone. Applied to an arm or leg, it makes the limb very slippery for just enough time to slide on and adjust the garment. For individuals who have difficulty pulling their stockings up the leg, or pulling an armsleeve up the arm, fitting lotion can be a life saver.
Fitting lotions are hypo-allergenic, odorless, and safe for all types of fabrics. As an added bonus, they protect sensitive skin and make dry chapped skin feel silky smooth.