Correct sizing of your compression socks is perhaps the most important part of compression socks therapy for the treatment of varicose veins. Without a proper fit the socks will not perform properly and in some cases may actually harm you.
Too large, they will not provide the compression needed and will fall down or sag. Too small, they will squeeze your legs too much and will feel very uncomfortable like muscle cramps. Too small and they are very difficult to put on. So how can you assure a proper compression sock fit? Below we will provide some insight that will help you choose the correct size.
The first step in choosing the correct size is properly measuring the leg. Most compression sock websites will have illustrated instructions on the proper way to measure. Each sock style will have a unique size chart for you to follow. Following these instructions and size chart will assure a proper fit in the perfect person. However, we know none of us are perfect. We come in different sizes, shapes and body proportions that may not necessarily fall within the ranges of the sock sizes. Here are few tips for measuring your legs:
· Always measure your legs first thing in the morning. (Leg swelling is at its minimum first thing in morning)
· Always measure both legs.
· Use a correct measuring device. If you do not have a flexible tailor’s tape measure, use a ribbon or other flexible material to wrap around your leg and then lay it out on a rigid ruler.
· Make precise measurements. When wrapping your flexible measuring device around your leg wrap it snug against the skin but not too snug that it indents the skin.
Now that you have the proper precise leg
measurements, it’s time to compare them to the sizechart. Again, remember every sock will have a unique size chart. Size charts are not interchangeable between compression sock brands or styles. Compare your measurements with the chart and if your measurements fall within the range of a single size you are finished and can order that size.
However frequently all the sizes do not fall within one size. For example ankle and calf measurements call for a medium size but the thigh measurements call for a large size. This is where the trial and error may come into play.
When leg measurements do not fall within a single size range there are a couple tips you can use. The first tip is to look at other compression sock brand and styles. Some brands and style of socks are available in only four sizes while others are available in seven sizes. The less sizes available have a greater range oftherefore you may be able to fit all your measurements into one size range.
Another tip is to look at different styles. For example, if your ankle and calf fit within one size range but your thigh is extremely outside the size range you may want to consider a knee high compression sock as opposed to a thigh high socks. If your leg measurements fall within two sizes but are very close try the smaller size socks and see how they fit.
I hope this will help you choose the proper size when purchasing compression socks. Sizing is critical and a proper fit is essential. Maintain Stockings Properly by checking for proper heel and gusset placement. Also, remove socks at least daily, to inspect skin, provide skin care and reapply socks.
Another Tip: If you are between sizes, we recommend the smaller size. Why? Because the benefits of compression are better realized when the sock or sleeve are truly snug. While it may take a little extra care to get them on, your feet and legs will feel the difference.
If you’ve never worn compression socks or sleeves, expect it to feel tighter than you’re used to. You’ll also feel better than you’re used to feeling at the end of the day.
If you’re still not sure what size is correct, Please call our medical staff at the store we can assist you further in finding the correct size compression that fits you precisely!
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