Compression Stockings Sizing Guide

Compression Stockings Sizing Guide

Compression Stockings Sizing Guide

Proper sizing is essential to ensure that your Compression Stockings provide the optimal level of support and comfort. Compression stockings are available in various compression levels, styles, and lengths, so finding the right fit is crucial for their effectiveness. Follow these steps to determine the correct size for your Compression Stockings:

Step 1: Measure Your Ankle Circumference

Using a soft measuring tape, measure the circumference of your ankle at its narrowest point, just above the ankle bone. Make sure the tape is snug but not too tight.

Step 2: Measure Your Calf Circumference

Next, measure the circumference of your calf at its widest point. To find this point, stand with your feet flat on the floor and measure around the fullest part of your calf.

Step 3: Measure Your Thigh Circumference (if applicable)

If you are considering knee-high or thigh-high compression stockings, measure the circumference of your thigh at its widest point. Stand with your feet flat on the floor and measure around the fullest part of your thigh.

Step 4: Determine the Length of Compression Stockings

Compression stockings come in various lengths: knee-high, thigh-high, and pantyhose (waist-high). Choose the length that suits your needs. For knee-high stockings, measure from the floor to just below your knee crease. For thigh-high stockings, measure from the floor to the upper thigh where you want the top band to sit. For pantyhose, measure from the floor to your waist.

Step 5: Consult the Sizing Chart

Using your measurements, consult the Compression Stockings sizing chart. Each brand may have slightly different sizing guidelines, so it's essential to refer to the specific chart for the brand you are purchasing. The chart will typically list the ankle, calf, and thigh measurements along with corresponding sizes.

Step 6: Choose the Appropriate Compression Level

Compression Stockings come in various compression levels, which are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The right compression level will depend on your medical needs and doctor's recommendations. Common compression levels include:

  • Mild (8-15 mmHg): Provides relief for mild leg swelling, tiredness, and discomfort.
  • Moderate (15-20 mmHg): Suitable for managing mild to moderate varicose veins and swelling.
  • Firm (20-30 mmHg): Recommended for moderate to severe varicose veins, post-surgery recovery, and moderate edema.
  • Extra Firm (30-40 mmHg): Prescribed for severe varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, and post-thrombotic syndrome.


Remember that compression stockings should be snug, but they should not be overly tight or cause discomfort. If you are uncertain about the size or compression level, consult with a healthcare professional or a certified fitter to ensure you get the most appropriate compression stockings for your needs.

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