Fact Sheet For How to Measure for Compression Stockings Identifying the correct size of compression stockings is essential to ensure you have a good fit, feel comfortable and receive the optimal benefits. If you have never worn compression stockings before, or are unsure you have the correct size, this guide will help you find the right fit. Getting started You will need: • Tape measure (preferably soft tape or cloth) • Sizing chart for your chosen stocking brand Remember • There is no universal standard for stocking sizes. Different brands use different sizing charts. For example, a medium size in one brand may not be a medium in another brand. • This is not a guide for travel or flight socks which are class 1 stockings (lowest in compression to prevent DVT) and require only basic information such as height, weight or foot size for measurement. Tips • Measure earlier in the day before swelling builds in the legs. • Measure next to bare skin and without shoes on. • Always place foot flat against the floor and the leg at a right angle to the foot. • Take length measurements from the ground up. • Always pull the tape snugly and without constriction around a leg. • If a tape measure is unavailable, use a piece of string and measure individual lengths with a ruler. • If you are in between two sizes, choose the size that suits the ankle circumference best. • If the foot size of a stocking is either too large or too small, try a stocking with an open toe. Determine measurement points To start, take note of which area of the leg needs to be measured for your preferred stocking style. Compression stockings require you to measure the circumference at specific points on the leg and the length of the leg. Area of Leg Stocking style Ankle circumference Calf circumference Calf length Thigh circumference Leg length Knee high Thigh high Waist high © Independence Australia Group 2020. No part of this information may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission.