Wearing compression stockings that don’t fit can be a daily drag. Most physicians recommend that people who need to wear stockings for varicose vein treatment get specially fitted for these special support hose that increase circulation and reduce leg swelling.
A representative at your local medical supply store can fit you for your stockings and teach you how to wear them properly. However, if you want to buy stockings from an online retailer, you’ll need to measure yourself. Here are step-by-step instructions to measure yourself for stockings. Be sure to record each measurement for each leg.
- Measure around your ankle (this measurement is called the circumference). Place the measuring tape at the narrowest part of the ankle, above the ankle bone.
- Find the widest part of your calf. Measure the circumference of your calf.
- Sit on a chair with your legs at a 90-degree angle. Measure the distance from the bend in your knee to the floor.
- Find the widest part of your thigh – right under your buttocks. Measure the circumference of this part of your thigh.
- Measure the distance from the bottom of your buttocks to the floor.
- Find the widest part of your hips/waist and measure the circumference.
Take these recorded measurements and use them in conjunction with the sizing chart for the brand of stockings you’ve chosen. All of these compression stocking manufacturers offer sizing charts that will ensure you get the proper fit. For example, here’s an article about how to find the Jobst sizing chart: Jobst Compression Stockings Size Chart: Where to Find It.
Before you buy compression hose, you’ll need to know what mmHg level you need.