The Certified Fitters at MetroMedicalOnline.com prefer the Sigvaris support hose donning gloves to all other brands of gloves. The Sigvaris gloves protect support garments from jewelry and fingernails and hosiery from running and tearing when pulling them on. The Sigvaris rubber gloves have textured palm and finger pads to prevent slipping and improve the grip when putting on support stockings. The gloves are especially helpful to those who have difficulty pulling on their stockings.Donning gloves are recommended to further assist with donning and to protect your garments from snagging or jewelry.
- Compression garments are easier to put on when you first get out of bed, before swelling occurs.
- Remove rings and jewelry that could damage your garment
- Use gloves (rubber or vinyl) to help position the garment on your leg
- Make sure your skin is dry before putting on your hosiery
- Avoid rolling or bunching the fabric as this will create too much pressure in specific areas
- Apply moisturizer to your legs (or arm) in the evening - not just before putting on your garment
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Sigvaris also has a rubber Donning Glove in a Ridged Pattern and a new Latex-Free Donning Glove. Some of our clients like to use their Sigvaris Donning Gloves together with a Sigvaris Extensor or SOS Slip-On-Sigvaris. These devices are especially useful in higher compression strength hosiery. The Sigvaris Silk Foot Slip is a comfortable applicator for use with open toe stockings.
Mediven makes an excellent tool which helps in putting on your hose. It is the Mediven Butler and comes in two sizes for the legs and one size for applying compression arm sleeves. The "Short Butler" is the perfect tool for a smooth, straight application of your sleeve everytime.
Many people have found the Juzo Slippie Gator very helpful to assist with donning issues for both closed and open toe stockings.
While we are on the subject of donning, many of our customers love Alps Fitting lotion. ALPS 100% Silicone Fitting Lotion Skin Conditioner for Sensitive Skin leaves a smooth, silky feel to sensitive skin that is chapped and dry. When used before putting on stockings, ALPS fitting lotion helps prevent snags and facilitates donning of compression garments.
You will find other useful products in our Compression Accessories department, including compression bandages, adhesives, and detergents.