There are several benefits to wearing compression socks, regardless of the activities you plan to perform in them. With graduated compression, you can expect to have reduced swelling, better circulation, and higher levels of energy.
Having a correctly fitted stocking is imperative if you want to enjoy the benefits that compression socks bring. Understanding how to measure for compression stockings can help you choose the right compression and select the best style of stocking to maximise benefits.
How to measure for compression stockings
Measuring for your compression stockings is a simple process that can help ensure you’re fitting to the right size. It only requires two measurements and can be done in a few minutes.
The first measurement you’ll need to take is the circumference of your calf. Take a measuring tape and find the widest part of your calf. This is the area below your knee joint and above your ankle. Wrap the measuring tape around your calf at the widest point and record the number of centimetres.
Measuring the ankle circumference is slightly more difficult as you want to find the area above the ankle bone. Take your tape measure and measure the width around your ankle, about 2 centimetres above the ankle bone. Record the measurement in centimetres.
To find your correct size, visit the product page of the product you wish to purchase. Each of our products come with a customised sizing chart, below the product description. With these two measurements, you can find which size stocking will fit you best. If you’re unsure about a specific product, you can contact us for assistance.
Knowing when to change sizes of compression stockings
Knowing when you’ve grown out of or worn out your compression stockings is important to ensuring you’re still getting the benefits of them. If you’re experiencing any of the following, it may be time for a new pair:
- redness, pain, or discomfort after taking off your compression stockings
- skin irritation or inflammation of the skin under the stocking
- feeling of numbness or tingling in the toes after long duration of wear
- loose, frayed or ripped stitching in your stockings
- holes, tears or runs in your compression stockings
- if you find your stockings feel loose, or struggle to stay up
Note: The information provided here is for general use and is not intended to act as medical advice. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified, professional advice.