How to Measure for Compression Socks and Stockings

It's easy to measure for compression socks and stockings. You just need measure a few spots on your legs. Follow the steps to get the measurements you need when ordering compression socks.

What you need to get started:

  1. You'll need a pen and notepad to take down your measurements
  2. A tape measure

Write down the following:

  1. Ankle circumference
  2. Calf circumference
  3. Thigh circumference
  4. Lower leg length, for knee high compression socks
  5. Total leg length, for thigh high and pantyhose compression stockings
  6. Shoe size
  7. Height
  8. Hip circumference, for pantyhose compression stockings
Pen notepad and measuring tape use for taking measurements for compression stockings

1) Ankle Measurement

Measure the smallest circumference around the ankle. This is right above the ankle bone.

If you have swelling on your ankle, consider taking measurements in the morning when swelling is the least.

Ankle measurement for compression stockings

2) Calf Measurement

Measure the largest circumference around the calf. This is not necessarily in the middle of the calf.

Depending on how the calf is shaped, you’ll need to find where it’s the largest.

Calf measurement for compression stockings

3) Calf Length Measurement

This measurement is the calf length for knee high compression socks.

It’s best to take the calf length measurement while sitting.

From the floor, measure straight up and stop below the bend of the knee. See the picture for the red markings.

Do not measure up into the knee. That will give you a measurement that’s too long.

This is how high your compression socks should be when you wear them.

Write down your Height

  • Your height is a good way to double check the calf length measurement.
  • People who are 5' 6" or shorter should have a calf legnth no longer than 16 inches.
Calf length measurement for knee high compression stockings

4) Thigh Measurement

Measure the thigh circumference at the top of the thigh, below the fold of the buttock.

This is where thigh high compression stockings stop.

This measurement is also used for pantyhose and waist high compression stockings.

Thigh measurement for compression stockings

5) Leg Length Measurement

This measurement is the leg length for thigh high and pantyhose compression stockings.

It’s best to take the leg length measurement while standing.

From the floor, measure straight up and stop below the fold of the buttock. See the picture for the red markings.

This is where thigh high compression stockings stop.

Do not measure too high up into the hip. That will give you a measurement that’s too long.

Write down your Height

  • Your height is a good way to double check the leg length measurement.
  • People who are 5' 6" or shorter should have a leg legnth no higher than 28 inches.
Leg length measurement for compression stockings

6) Hip Measurement

For pantyhose compression stockings, measure the circumference around the hip.

Our pantyhose compression stockings have a control top pantyhose style from the hip to the waist.

If you don’t like the control top waist style of pantyhose, try the Panty Plus style with Queen sizing.

Hip measurement for pantyhose compression stockings

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We're Certified Fitters that have been fitting patients with compression stockings for 20+ years.
Let us recommend the right compression sock or stocking for you and get you the right size.
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