Fitting Tips for Pantyhose Compression Stockings

Ensuring a good fit for your pantyhose compression stockings is one of the most important steps in the proper use of compression garments. Compression pantyhose are designed to fit very snugly, as this is what helps provide the needed compression levels. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why a good fit is important when buying compression stockings.

Get the proper Compression Level

Compression pantyhose must fit properly in order to provide the right level of compression. If they’re too small, they may provide more compression than you need. Conversely, if your compression stockings are too large, they will provide less compression than what is indicated.

You need Compression in the right areas

Compression stockings provide graduated compression levels, which means compression is greatest at the ankles and reduces as you move up the leg. An accurate fit will help ensure that the compression is properly graduated, which is vital to the effective performance of your stockings.

Comfort. Comfort. Comfort.

Compression pantyhose that are too tight will be difficult to put on and may squeeze your legs in the wrong places, which causes banding and discomfort. On the other hand, stockings that are too large will sag and fall, causing binding behind the knee and near the top of the thigh.

Measuring Tips for Compression Pantyhose

Sizing for compression stockings is a bit more complicated than for other nylon hosiery. For best results, you should have your legs measured by a nurse or certified compression fitter, who can then help you choose the correct size.

When measuring for compression stockings, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Measure each of your legs separately, as they are not always the same size.
  • Take your measurements in the morning, as your legs tend to swell throughout the day.
  • Measure only your bare legs, without any pants, leggings, socks or other compression stockings on.
  • Use a flexible tailor’s measuring tape to measure the circumference of your ankle, calf and thigh, as well as the length of your leg.