How To Put On Stockings

Regardless of the compression level of your stockings, some may find them difficult to put on or take off. There are a variety of devices that can be used to assist you.

You should always use rubberized gloves to put your stockings on to avoid putting a hole through the stocking with your nails. Please watch this instructional video to see how easily it can be done.

A Doff N’ Donner can be used if you need further assistance. Please watch this instructional video to see how the Doff N’ Donner is used.

If bending down is an issue for you, your best assistance will be a Sock Butler. Please watch this instructional video to see how the Sock Butler is used.

LympheDivas Gloves

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For those with swelling in hands and finders, the lymphediva gloves are here to match your arm sleeve and individual personality! In a variety of colours and patters (over 100 colours & patterns!), the gloves are moisture wicking, hypoallergenic, infused with aloe vera, and lightweight. Graduated pressure is delivered from fingers into the palm, circulating fluid toward to the body. The completely seamless design reduced binding and finger webbing irritation. The state-of-the-art knit eliminates double compression at the wrist when worn with an arm sleeve.


Achi+ 20-30mmHg

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Achi+ compression socks provide medical compression with a fun, colourful look. Available in regular and tall sizes for a premium fit. Durable fabric construction enhances endurance, while CoolMax wicks away moisture. Wide band at top enhances comfort. Made of 40% CoolMax, 42% Nylon, and 18% Lycra.


Achi 15-22mmHg

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Achi compression socks reduce the build up of lactic acid, help with muscle recovery, provide relief from tired and aching legs, aid in the prevention of spider veins and swelling, and reduce muscle soreness. Ideal for prolonged standing, sitting, or long distance travel. Made of 40% CoolMax, 42% Nylon, 18% Lycra.



LympheDivas Arm Sleeves

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*Many more sleeve designs and plain colours available, view full collection at LympheDIVAs Official Site. All styles on LympheDivas site available at Dianne’s Mastectomy.

LympheDivas is dedicated to creating medically correct and fashionable compression apparel for the savvy and stylish breast cancer survivor with lymphedema which will inspire her to feel beautiful, strong, and confident. Available in a variety of skin tone colours and fashionable patterns. All garments are available in compression Class 1 (20-30mmHg) and Class 2 (30-40mmHg).

LympheDivas sleeves are moisture wicking, fast drying, and constructed of a fine knit for a smooth, lightweight, “second skin” feel. They have 360º stretch to move with your arm as it bends and flexes, preventing binding at your elbow. A latex-free, silicone-free grip top is optional and will further secure your sleeve in place. All LympheDiva garments are knit in North Carolina. The garments are printed, pressed and shipped from Massachusetts.

Sigvaris Performace Sport Leg Sleeve – Unisex (20-30mmHg)

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Sigvaris Performance Sport Compression Leg Sleeves are Sigvaris’ newest addition to their Active Therapy Compression line. This high-tech unisex sports compression sleeve is designed with all of the benefits to help peak your performance while delivering true 20-30 mmHg gradient compression. Intended for healthy individuals for use in athletic activities, not for those with serious medical leg conditions.

• Stabilizes & diminishes vibrations of active muscles for faster regeneration
• Latex-free high-tech fibers provide odor and thermal control; sleeve stays incredibly dry
• Extra-wide comfort top band keeps sleeve comfortably in place
• Less aching and cramping to optimize performance potential
• True graduated compression (20-30mmHg)

• Increased Circulation
• Improved blood flow through the veins
• Increased Oxygen to the Muscle Tissues
• Less Lactic Acid buildup in the legs during exercise
• Reduced exercise-induced muscle soreness in legs
• Precise Sizing for optimal comfort and guaranteed fit
• True Graduated Compression

• Longer Endurance due to increased blood circulation and increased oxygen delivery to muscle tissue
• Faster Regeneration
• Less Aching & Cramping helping to optimize performance potential

About Lymphedema

Perhaps it began with a swelling of the foot or leg that you didn’t even notice. Or perhaps you underwent cancer surgery and noticed tissue swelling on the arm or leg after the operation – now it’s clear that this is lymphedema. According to figures from the World Health Organization, up to 240 million men and women worldwide are affected by a lymphatic disease.

How does lymphedema arise?
When the lymphatic system can no longer move fluid through the body, a backlog of lymph builds up in the tissue.  Lymphedema will usually arise at the extremities, ie arms and legs. However, it can also occur throughout the body. Lymphedema is divided into two categories: primary and secondary.
Primary Lymphedema: Usually caused by congenital abnormalities relating to lymph system. Injuries or severe hormonal fluctuations (puberty, pregnancy) are often triggers. In 60% of cases, edema arises at both extremities at different times.
Secondary Lymphedema:  Operations in which the lymph nodes are removed or disturbed are the usual cause. These operations include surgery for  breast, ovarian, testicular, or prostate cancer. Irradiation, injuries, inflammation, or infections can also lead to secondary lymphedema. The edema always occurs at a body part in which the drainage is impaired.

Early Diagnosis and Treatment
The development of lymphedema can be divided into four stages.
Stage 0: Latency Stage
The lymphatic system is not working properly but can manage the amount of lymph by means of compensatory mechanisms. There is no visible or perceptible edema.
Stage I:  Spontaneously Reversible Stage
The tissue is soft and can be slightly depressed to form a visible dent. The lymphedema forms in the night and goes back down when the leg or arm is elevated.
Stage II: Spontaneously Irreversible Stage
The tissue hardens and it is difficult or impossible to depress the tissue to form a dent. Pain and restricted movement can occur.
Stage III: So-Called Elephantiasis Stage
Severe increase in the circumference of edema, sometimes reaching extreme dimensions.

Complex (Physical) Decongestive Therapy – CDT
A therapeutic principle has become established for the treatment of lymphedemas, which is recommended as the only promising treatment model for patients with lymphatic disorders.
Manual Lymph Drainage: MLD is a gentle stroking massage that is only performed by specially trained therapists. As the lymphatic vessels are stroked, the congestion is dispersed and the lymphatic channels become free again.
Lymph Therapy Machines: In conjunction with (or instead of) MLD treatment, using a lymph therapy machine will disperse the congestion of lymph and free the lymphatic channels.
Compression Therapy: This prevents lymph from flowing back after lymphatic drainage. The maintenance therapy with compression stockings is an absolute must.
Skin Care: The treatment of the affected skin areas with oily creams prevents the skin from drying out. Since this area of skin is more sensitive and prone to infection, good skin care should always be maintained.
Movement in Compression: Special exercise for the affected body area stimulates lymphatic drainage and assists the compressive effect. It is important to wear compression stockings (or sleeves) at all times. Create your individual exercise plan with your MLD therapist.

Be your own “Lymphedema Manager”
Although lymphedema is a chronic condition, there is a great deal you can do to ensure that the edema does not get any worse.
Visiting the Physician: Ensure that no examinations – blood tests, blood pressure measurements, injections, acupuncture – are performed on the affected arm or leg.
Diet: A healthy plant-based diet (mostly fruit, vegetables, and whole grains – little meat and fat) promotes your well-being. Avoid ready-made meals as these are usually high in fat. Make sure you eat low-salt food as salt binds water in the body unnecessarily. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day; this “rinses out” the body!
Rest: Daily elevation of the affected area helps to prevent painful congestion and relieves pressure.
Circumference Measurement: Regular circumference measurements at the same point on the affected arm or leg allow you to detect a change to the edema immediately and deal with it right away.
Heat: Heat is dangerous to your edema as it cam promote lymph flow. Do not expose yourself to intense heat, for example: in direct sunlight, hot compresses, visits to the sauna, hot baths or showers.
Injuries: Take precautions to avoid injuries during gardening, housework, or sport. Even the smallest wounds – including insect stings, bites or scratches – can lead to inflammation. Disinfect small wounds immediately.
Compression Garments: Wear your compression garments – stockings or sleeves – every day. This will not only assist in the flow of lymph, but will also reduce increased swelling and pain. Wearing garments each day will keep your edema to a minimum.

Medical Compression Garments – Your Daily Companion
Wearing compression garments is an important element of CDT. Garments reinforce the therapeutic success that has already been achieved in the decongestion phase (through MLD or a therapy machine). Wearing compression garments at all times during the management phase demonstrably improves the lymph flow in the affected tissue and thus stops the edema from progressing further. Containing the lymphedema significantly improves the quality of life.

Sigvaris Doff N’ Donner

The revolutionary medical donning device for all compression socks and stockings. The SIGVARIS Doff N’ Donner is a soft device that allows you to quickly guide a compression sock or stocking up and down your leg or arm, making it simple to don and remove all styles of graduated compression. The SIGVARIS Doff N’ Donner is perfect for both self-donning and caregiver use.

How to use:
Rolling a compression garment onto the device: View Video
Using the Doff N’ Donner: View Video

LymphaPress Optimal 1201-AP

Home treatment is an important component of lymphedema therapy. Treatment at home with the LymphaPress 201Max is easy and effective, saves time and money on clinic visits, and increases patient compliance.

LymphaPress 201Max has a short cycle time, and up to 24 overlapping chambers per garment. It features three individual zones calibrated at the pump, enabling the healthcare practitioner to set three separate areas on compression to accommodate focal lesions, contractures or scar tissue, and to decrease pressure proximally for a gradient effect. LymphaPress 201Max can treat one or two limbs simultaneously, and can be used with all related garments including the Comfysleeve 1-75 and LymphaPants for complete torso treatment.

Compact, sturdy, and reliable – LymphaPress 201Max is simple and easy to use, and has an upper pressure limit of 80 mmHg. The machine operates quietly, is easy to store, and is portable for use during travel.
Size: 15x32x38.5cm / 6×12.5×15.3in
Weight: 5.3 kg / 11.7 lbs
Electrical: 115V/60Hz


  • Quick cycle time (26 second cycle), recommended by physicians and therapists for more comfortable treatment in less time
  • Up to 24 fully overlapping chambers per garment, 12 per limb, for smooth sequential compression without gaps
  • Three separate zones of pressure, calibrated at the pump, for the highest level of gradient compression
  • LymphaPress 201Max can treat one or two limbs, or the entire lower or upper torso, simultaneously. All LymphaPress systems can treat bilaterally or unilaterally

Sigvaris Performance Sport Sock – Unisex (20-30mmHg)

Sigvaris Performance Sport Socks are taking athletes worldwide to a whole new level. Performance Socks improve blood circulation and increase oxygen delivery to muscle tissue, maximizing an athlete’s endurance. Athletes who wear these socks may also benefit from less sports-related aches and pains, optimizing their performance potential.

  • Achilles Tendon protector, reduces vibration on vulnerable ligaments
  • Footbed cushion zone and toe protectors keep feet blister-free
  • Latex-free fibers provide odor and thermal control; socks stay incredibly dry
  • Extra-wide comfort top band keeps sock comfortably in place

Available Colours: White with grey accent, Black with grey accent
To learn more about these stockings click here.

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