How to Measure for Compression Stockings

Please follow these instructions carefully to determine the correct size for different product styles.

Measurements should always be taken in the following order, and as soon after waking as possible when swelling is minimal.

Calf Style

(Open / Closed Toe)

  1. Measure the ankle circumference at the narrowest part of the ankle, above the ankle bone. Use the appropriate series sizing chart to determine if ankle is Small, Medium, Large or X-Large. NOTE: This should be your first measurement
  2. Measure the calf circumference at the fullest part of the calf
  3. Determine the calf length by measuring from the floor up to the bend of the knee. This measurement is taken on the outside of the leg.

Pantyhose and Thigh-high Style

(Open / Closed Toe)

  1. Measure the ankle circumference at the narrowest part of the ankle, above the ankle bone. Use the appropriate series sizing chart to determine if ankle is Small, Medium, Large or X-Large. NOTE: This should be your first measurement
  2. Measure the calf circumference at the fullest part of the calf
  3. Skip Step 3 (but refer to General Guidelines #6 below.)
  4. Measure the thigh at its widest circumference
  5. Determine the leg length by measuring from the floor up to the gluteal fold.
  6. Determine the hip circumference by measuring the widest part of the hips.
Compression Stockings Fit Chart 1
Ankle circumference at the narrowest part of the ankle.
Compression Stockings Fit Chart 2
Calf circumference at fullest part of the calf.
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Calf length from the floor to the right-angle bend of the knee.
Widest circumference of the thigh..
Widest circumference of the thigh.
Leg length from the floor up to the gluteal fold.
Leg length from the floor up to the gluteal fold.

General Guidelines

  1. Measurements should always be taken as soon after waking as possible, when swelling is minimal.
  2. Measure against bare skin, not over clothing.
  3. The measuring system is based on having the foot flat against the floor and the calf or leg at a right angle to the foot (see above images for examples).
  4. Measurements should be taken by pulling the tape around the leg so that it is snug but not constricting.
  5. Length measurements should be taken from the ground up.
  6. Take all the measurements, even if the patient only requires calf-length products, as the patient might decide at a later date to purchase additional styles.
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