|Stockings are not put on patient's leg like ordinary hosiery. If the stockings are gathered together in the typical "donut" fashion, the effect of the elastic material is multiplied many times and makes application difficult. By following these basic steps, T.E.D. Stockings are easily applied.|
CAUTION: Do not under any circumstances, turn down top of stockings.
|1. Insert hand into stockings as far as the heel pocket.
||2. Grasp center of heel pocket and turn stocking inside out to heel area.|
|3. Carefully position stocking over foot and heel. Be sure patient's heel is centered in heel pocket.|
|4. Begin pulling body of the stocking up around the ankle an calf. The stitch change (change in fabric sheerness) should fall between 1 inch to 2 inches below the popliteal fossa (bend of the knee).|
|5. As thigh portion of the stocking is applied, start rotating stocking inward so gusset is centered over the femoral artery. Gusset is placed slightly towards the inside of the leg. Top band rests in the gluteal furrow (the line at the bottom of the buttocks). Smooth out any excess material keeping stitch change and gusset in place. Pull toe section forward to smooth ankle and instep area and allow for patient toe comfort.|
|6. Patients should be instructed as to proper positioning of stocking to insure that the patient will not reposition the stockings incorrectly.|