How To Measure For Compression Stockings

How To Measure For Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are elastic garments designed to apply pressure to the legs, promoting blood flow from the legs towards the heart. They come in different lengths (knee-high, thigh-high, or full-length) and compression levels, tailored to individual needs and medical conditions.

Why Proper Measurement Matters

Properly fitting compression stockings provide graduated compression, meaning they are tighter at the ankle and gradually loosen as they move up the leg. This gradient ensures optimal blood circulation and reduces discomfort or complications.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you begin, gather a flexible measuring tape, paper, and a pen to record your measurements.

Step 2: Ankle Measurement

Sit or stand comfortably with your foot flat on the floor. Measure the circumference of your ankle at the narrowest point, just above the ankle bone. Record this measurement in inches or centimeters.

Step 3: Calf Measurement

Measure the circumference of your calf at the widest point. This is typically a few inches below the knee. Ensure the tape is snug but not too tight.

Step 4: Thigh Measurement (if applicable)

For thigh-high stockings, measure the circumference of your thigh at the widest point, just below the buttocks. This measurement ensures the stockings stay up comfortably without rolling down.

Step 5: Length Measurement

Depending on the type of compression stockings you need (knee-high, thigh-high, or full-length), measure the length of your leg accordingly:


  • For knee-high stockings: Measure from the floor to the bend of your knee.
  • For thigh-high stockings: Measure from the floor to just below your buttocks.
  • For full-length stockings: Measure from the floor to your upper thigh or groin.

Step 6: Repeat and Confirm

It's essential to measure both legs, as they may differ slightly in size. Take note of any discrepancies and use the larger measurements when choosing your compression stockings.

Choosing the Right Compression Level

Compression stockings come in various compression levels, typically measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The appropriate compression level depends on your medical condition and the recommendation of your healthcare provider. Dunn Medical offers a range of compression levels to meet diverse patient needs, from mild compression for mild symptoms to higher compression for severe venous insufficiency.

Why Wear Compression Stockings?

  • Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: These stockings help by improving venous return, reducing swelling, and preventing the progression of varicose veins.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): They reduce the risk of blood clot formation by promoting blood flow and preventing stasis in the veins.
  • Edema and Swelling: Compression stockings aid in reducing fluid buildup in the legs, ankles, and feet, improving circulation and alleviating discomfort.
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI): They manage symptoms such as pain and swelling by enhancing venous return and preventing skin complications.
  • Lymphedema: Compression stockings assist in managing lymphatic fluid accumulation and reducing swelling in affected limbs.

Maintaining Your Compression Stockings

Proper care and maintenance of compression stockings are essential for longevity and effectiveness. Wash your stockings according to the manufacturer's instructions using mild soap and lukewarm water. Avoid wringing them out, as this can damage the elastic fibers. Air-dry your stockings away from direct heat sources.

Get Started Today

Measuring for compression stockings is a crucial step in ensuring their therapeutic benefits. By following Dunn Medical's guide, you can confidently measure for and select compression stockings that fit comfortably and effectively improve circulation. Our commitment to quality and patient care means we are here to support you every step of the way. Visit Dunn Medical today to explore our range of compression stockings and discover how we can help improve your vascular health. Ready to find your perfect fit get started today!

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