How to measure

Proper fit is essential when it comes to feeling the therapeutic benefits of wearing compression. Unlike normal hosiery (which frequently offers sizing based on height/weight suggestions alone), the most accurate compression stocking sizing is determined via leg circumference measurements. You can gather these figures on your own or with the assistance of a friend or family member. All you need is a pen, piece of paper, and measuring tape to get started. For your most accurate size, we recommend taking your measurements first thing in the morning before any swelling has a chance to occur.

how to measure

The measurements you’ll need will depend upon the style of garment desired:

KNEE HIGHS: ankle, calf
THIGH HIGHS: ankle, calf, thigh
PANTYHOSE: ankle, calf, thigh
LEGGINGS: ankle, calf, thigh


where to measure


ANKLE: Measure around the narrowest part of the ankle, which is normally just above the ankle bone.
CALF: Measure around the widest part of the calf.
THIGH: Measure around the thigh approximately 3 finger widths below the crease of the buttocks.

If you are short, you may want to consider a petite length stocking. To check length:
LENGTH: Knee Highs - Measure from the floor to the bend behind the knee.

Other helpful pointers:

  • Different manufacturers utilize different size charts so be sure to double check sizing when switching to a new style or ordering from multiple brands. For example, a medium in one brand may not be a medium in another.
  • On the border between two sizes? This is where the height/weight charts DO come in handy. Try comparing the height/weight sizing suggestion with your findings from the circumference measurement chart. Oftentimes, these suggestions can help steer you in one direction or another.
  • The size chart for each item is available on its product page.
  • Other questions? Call 877-773-5882 or email and we can walk you through it. Seriously, we love to help!