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Buyers Guide for Compression Stockings

Compression Therapy Guide

Your doctor or therapist just told you to buy compression stockings. Now what?
There are 4 main compression levels which are measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). The higher the numbers, the higher the compression.

Compression Therapy Guide
8-15 mmHg* [Mild Compression] 15-20 mmHg* [Moderate Compression] 20-30 mmHg* [Firm Compression] 30-40 mmHg* [Extra Firm Compression]
Provides relief and minimizes tired and achy legs. For the prevention and relief of minor to moderate varicose and spider veins. Helps prevent and relieve moderate to severe varicose veins (also during pregnancy). Helps prevent and relieve severe varicose veins.
Prevents fatigued legs from long periods of sitting or standing. Helps relieve tired, aching legs, and minor swelling of feet, ankles, and legs. For post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins. Used in the treatment of severe edema and lymphedema.
Helps relieve minor swelling of feet, ankles, and legs. During pregnancy, helps prevent varicose veins and spider veins. Helps in treatment of moderate to severe edema or lymphatic edema. Used in post-surgical and post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose and spider veins.
During pregnancy, helps prevent the formation of varicose and spider veins. Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as economy class syndrome. Helps with the management of active ulcers and manifestations of post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS). Helps reduce symptoms of Orthostatic Hypotension and Postural Hypotension
Helps maintain healthy, energized legs. Used in post-sclerotherapy treatment to help prevent the reappearance of varicose veins and spider veins. Helps relieve superficial thrombophlebitis. For the management of Venous Ulcers and manifestations of Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS).
  Ideal compression level used for those traveling long distances. Helps prevent orthostatic hypotension (sudden fall in blood pressure when standing). Prevents deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as economy class syndrome.
    Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as economy class syndrome.  

This information should not be construed as medical advice. PLEASE ask your doctor or therapist which compression level you should wear.

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How to Measure Compression Stockings, Socks, & Support Hose

Q: How do I measure my leg?

A: Measure your leg first thing in the morning, especially if you experience swelling throughout the day. If your legs are visibly different in size, measure both.

Knee High|Thigh High|Pantyhose|Arm Sleeves|Gauntlets & Gloves

Knee High Measuring Instructions

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

Knee High Measuring Instructions

Calf Measurement

2. Find the widest part of your calf. Measure the circumference of your calf.

Knee High Measuring Instructions

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.

Knee High Measuring Instructions

Take these recorded measurements and use them in conjunction with the sizing chart for the brand of stockings you've chosen - such as Jobst, Sigvaris, Medi and Juzo. All of these compression stocking manufacturers offer sizing charts that will ensure you get the proper fit. These sizing charts are located on the respective product pages. For answers to many commonly asked questions, please see our FAQ page.

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Thigh High Measuring Instructions

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

Thigh High Measuring Instructions

Calf Measurement

2. Find the widest part of your calf. Measure the circumference of your calf.

Thigh High Measuring Instructions

Thigh Measurement

3. Find the widest part of your thigh - right under your buttocks. Measure the circumference of this part of your thigh.

Thigh High Measuring Instructions

Leg Length

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

Thigh High Measuring Instructions

Take these recorded measurements and use them in conjunction with the sizing chart for the brand of stockings you've chosen - such as Jobst, Sigvaris, Medi and Juzo. All of these compression stocking manufacturers offer sizing charts that will ensure you get the proper fit. These sizing charts are located on the respective product pages. For answers to many commonly asked questions, please see our FAQ page.

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Pantyhose Measuring Instructions

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

Pantyhose Measuring Instructions

Calf Measurement

2. Find the widest part of your calf. Measure the circumference of your calf.

Pantyhose Measuring Instructions

Thigh Measurement

3. Find the widest part of your thigh - right under your buttocks. Measure the circumference of this part of your thigh.

Pantyhose Measuring Instructions

Leg Length

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

Pantyhose Measuring Instructions

Take these recorded measurements and use them in conjunction with the sizing chart for the brand of stockings you've chosen - such as Jobst, Sigvaris, Medi and Juzo. All of these compression stocking manufacturers offer sizing charts that will ensure you get the proper fit. These sizing charts are located on the respective product pages. For answers to many commonly asked questions, please see our FAQ page.

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Arm Sleeve Measuring Instructions

Wrist Measurement

1. Measure the wrist circumference at the narrowest part of the wrist.

Arm Sleeve Measuring Instructions

Elbow Measurement

2. Measure the elbow circumference at the elbow crease.

Axilla Measurement

3. Measure the axilla (underarm) circumference just underneath the armpit.

Take these recorded measurements and use them in conjunction with the sizing chart for the brand of arm sleeves you've chosen - such as Jobst, Medi, Juzo and LympheDivas. All of these compression stocking manufacturers offer sizing charts that will ensure you get the proper fit. These sizing charts are located on the respective product pages. For answers to many commonly asked questions, please see our FAQ page.

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Gauntlet & Glove Measuring Instructions

Palm Measurement

1. Measure the palm circumference at the widest part of your hand (thumb excluded).

Gauntlet & Glove Measuring Instructions

Wrist Measurement

2. Measure the wrist circumference at the narrowest part of the wrist.

Gauntlet & Glove Measuring Instructions

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