Putting on the compression stockings, especially the thigh-high stockings, is very difficult for some patients. A variety of techniques for donning and doffing the stockings are available, “tricks” such as rubber gloves, a donning device, open toe stockings, etc. However, some patients have severe arthritis of their hands and wrists; they have no one to help them put them on daily; and some have developed complications from its use such as skin wounds, blisters, and neuropathy. In the end, if it is impossible for you to use compression stockings despite best and reasonable effort, it will be considered as a failure to improve on conservative treatment using compression stockings, in which case, further vein procedures would be the next step.
However, there are “higher tech” compression devices that use “velcro wrap” if you are in dire need of compression stockings and yet are unable to donn and doff the standard stockings. These usually are not covered by insurance, unless there is an active venous stasis ulcer present. They are available for purchase.