Compression Stockings: Find the Right Size

Compression stockings are an excellent help with many vein-related disorders and their symptoms:

  • Full and heavy legs
  • Swelling and aching
  • Cramps and restlessness
  • Pain and fatigue
  • Varicose and spider veins
  • Edema and lymphedema
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome
  • DVT prevention

These are only some of the problems and situations you might face if your vein valves are not working properly. That’s why compression stockings are recommended by many medical professionals, whether as a part of preventative care or an actual treatment.

We always mention compression stockings here, but the truth is that you can also wear compression socks, or even pantyhose. Measuring your legs to get the right size might be tricky, though. Here are some tips on how to do the measuring process accurately, so you can fully enjoy the benefits this special kind of elastic hosiery brings:

  1. Measure your legs in the morning, before you get out of bed. Your legs are fairly rested in the morning and the measurement needs to be done before the heart starts pumping blood against gravity and your legs get swollen.


  1. Measure the narrowest part of your ankle.


  1. Measure the widest part of your calf.


  1. For a knee high sock, bend your knee in a 90-degree angle and measure the distance from your bent knee to the floor.


  1. Measure the widest part of your thigh, right under the buttocks.


  1. For a thigh high stocking, measure the distance from your buttocks to the floor.


When you are in any doubt about how to measure your legs precisely, ask your physician or pharmacist. They have sufficient knowledge and experience to answer all your questions and make the compression therapy as effective as possible.

Published on: 2 April 2015
Posted by: Admin