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How to Measure Compression Stockings

  • Text
  • Chart
  • Thigh
  • Sizing
  • Stockings
  • Measurement
  • Compression
  • Ankle
  • Length
  • Calf
  • Circumference
Learn how to correctly measure for compression stockings with top tips from Independence Australia's health professional team.

Start Measuring

Start Measuring Measure your ankle circumference Ankle measurement is • Place a measuring tape at the narrowest part of the ankle, just above the ankle bone, and measure the circumference. • The ankle must always be your first measurement and is the most important, as the graduated compression begins at the ankle. TIP Ankle measurements may differ from leg to leg. In this instance note the larger size. Calf circumference measurement is Measure your calf circumference • Place a measuring tape at the largest part of the calf and measure the circumference. TIP Choose a size that puts your calf measurement in the middle of the sizing range to avoid stockings that are too tight and make the top band bind or roll, or too large making the stocking slip or fall. Calf length measurement is Measure your calf length • Sit on a chair and measure the distance from the floor to just below the bend in your knee. TIP Do not wear shoes. Thigh circumference measurement is Measure your thigh circumference • Find the widest part of your thigh, directly under your buttocks and measure the circumference. Leg length measurement is Measure your leg length • Measure the distance from the floor behind the heel to the bottom of your buttocks (top of thigh). TIP Do not wear shoes. Keep leg straight. Final Step You can now compare your measurements with the sizing chart of your preferred stocking brand to determine the best size and length for your compression stockings. How to Use a Sizing Chart As an example, to measure for a kneehigh stocking, the measurement points are ankle circumference, calf circumference and calf length. If the measuring results in 20cm for ankle circumference, 37cm for calf circumference and 39cm for calf length, your size is determined as A. Sample Sizing Chart Ankle circumference Calf circumference Calf length Thigh circumference Leg length Short 70cm Short 70cm Short 70cm Brand size A B C D E F Note: The sizing chart of your stocking brand will look different to this table, but they all follow the same principles. Refer to a brand’s website or packaging to find a sizing chart. To access a wide range of compression stockings visit for quick and reliable home delivery © Independence Australia Group 2020. No part of this information may be reproduced in whole or in part in any manner without permission.

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