How to measure for compression stockings

What are compression garments and what do they do?

Compression garments support your veins and lymphatic system to help blood return to your heart and reduce the long-term effects of venous disease.

You may have had a venous leg wound that has healed with compression bandaging. While the bandaging helped your leg wound to heal, it won’t completely fix the problem with your veins. It’s therefore necessary to keep wearing your compression garments to manage your venous disease. This also reduces the chances of your wound recurring.

How do I measure for the correct size of stocking?

It’s very important to get the correct size to ensure a good fit, feel comfortable and receive optimal benefit. Compression stockings can be pricey (they range from $13 to $200), so you don’t want to buy the wrong size.

A common mistake is thinking the tighter the stocking, the better it works. This is not the case. Below is our guide to correctly measuring for compression stockings:

Compression Stocking Sizing Charts

Independence Australia stocks over 1000 compression garments covering key brands like T.E.D, Jobst, Venosan and Health Support System. To download the compression stocking sizing charts for these brands select the View Sizing Charts button.

To view Independence Australia’s compression products select the View Compression Aids button.