How to Measure
The most important part of choosing a pair of compression hose it ensuring they fit properly. Without a tight fit, the hose will not provide the proper support, but if they are too tight, you won’t be able to get them on. The proper fit should feel supportive but not painful.
When preparing to measure for support hose, it is important you do it when you are not already swollen. Measuring first thing in the morning helps to ensure your swelling is at a minimum so you can get an accurate measurement. To start, it is easiest if you can get a friend or relative to help you measure.
While each manufacturer has their own size chart (which can be found on the product page), there are three or four (depending on style) measurements you will need to take.
- Measure around the smallest part of your ankle, typically just above your ankle bone. Record this measurement. It is important the sock is tight at your ankle because this is the point of highest compression for gradient compression garments.
- With your foot flexed, measure around the widest part of your calf. This should be a few inches below your knee. Record the measurement.
- Measure from the back of your knee to the floor. This is your leg length. Record the measurement. Some premium brands offer long or short lengths for users who have longer or shorter than average legs. It is important that your stocking hits just at the bottom of the knee, not higher or lower, in order to keep it from bunching, rolling, or falling down.
- Optional: For thigh high hosiery, measure the circumference your thigh three inches below your gluteal fold (the crease below your buttocks). Record the measurement.
Once you have all your measurements, you can enjoy shopping without worrying about size. Remember, different manufacturers and products have different sizes, so be sure to check each size chart separately. If one brand does not have a perfect match, check other styles because with such a wide selection of products, we are sure to have the one that will fit your perfectly.