Compression Socks Measuring Guide

Measuring for compression socks and stockings can be performed by a certified fitter, but it can also be done easily by yourself at home. To begin, you will need a measuring tape. For best results, measure first thing in the morning as your leg will swell over the course of the day, leading to unreliable measurements if you take a measurement later in the day.

How to Measure for Knee High Compression Socks

Ankle Measurement

1. 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.

Note: This must always be your first measurement
 Ankle Measurement Healthwick
Calf Measurement

2. Find the widest part of your calf. Measure the circumference of your calf.
Calf Measurement Healthwick
Calf Length

3. Sit on a chair with your legs at a 90-degree angle. Measure the distance from the bend in your knee to the floor.
Calf Length Healthwick

 

How to Measure for Thigh High Compression Stockings

Ankle Measurement

1. 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.

Note: This must always be your first measurement
Ankle Measurement Healthwick
Calf Measurement

2. Find the widest part of your calf. Measure the circumference of your calf.
Calf Measurement Healthwick
Thigh Measurement

3. Find the widest part of your thigh - right under your buttocks. Measure the circumference of this part of your thigh.
Thigh Measurement Healthwick
 Leg Length

4. Measure the distance from the bottom of your buttocks to the floor.
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