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Compression Stocking Guide

Choosing the right compression stocking for prevention or treatment of circulation issues can be a daunting task. If you were told to wear compression products by your doctor check with them on the proper compression level and area that needs coverage. Otherwise, you can use our compression stocking guide below to figure out what product may be right for your needs.

Part 1: Compression Level

Light Compression (8 - 15 mmHg)

Light Compression Stockings (8-15 MMHG)

Light compression therapy is recommended for the relief of:

  • Tired, aching legs
  • Help reduce minor swelling in the ankle and legs
  • Alleviate pain associated with very mild varicose veins
  • Energizes legs fatigued by long periods of sitting or standing
  • Commonly used by people with healthy legs as preventative measure.

Moderate Compression / Total Support (15 - 20 mmHg)

Medium Compression Hose for Total Support (15-20 MMHG)

Moderate Compression Stockings are recommended for the relief of the following symptoms:

  • Mild to moderate leg swelling
  • Tired, aching legs and mild leg pain
  • Superficial or early varicose veins
  • Slight ankle swelling
  • Mild edema
  • Mild varicosity during pregnancy
  • Spider veins
  • Mild leg swelling after cast removal
  • Post-Operative for less severe procedures
  • Helps to reduce the risk of circulatory problems such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in normal-risk patients, especially during periods of long travel.

Extra Firm Compression (20 -30 mmHg)

Extra Firm Compression Stockings (20-30 MMHG)

Extra Firm Compression Hosiery is recommended to treat a number of symptoms for more severe leg disorders:

  • Moderate swelling or edema
  • Mild to moderate leg pain
  • Medium severity varicose veins
  • Chronic ankle swelling
  • Painful varicosity during pregnancy
  • Reversible mild lymphedema
  • To assist fluid dynamics
  • Prevention and treatment of post phlebitis
  • Control of leg swelling after cast removal
  • Post-surgery, including vein stripping, schlerotherapy, and EVLT per a doctor’s recommendation
  • Reduces the risk of circulatory problems such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) especially during periods of long travel
  • Prevention of reoccurrence of venous ulcerations in the leg


Maximum / Surgical Compression (30 - 40 mmHg)

Surgical Compression Hosiery (30 - 40 MMHG)

Maximum or Surgical Compression Stockings should be used by patients with severe circulatory disorders of the legs, including:

  • Severe swelling or edema
  • More severe varicose veins
  • Prevention of reoccurrence of venous ulcerations in the leg
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Distended, tortuous vein stripping, schlerotherapy, and EVLT per a doctor’s recommendation
  • Phlebitis and venous insufficiency
  • Relief of chronic leg fatigue and heaviness
  • Pronounced chronic ankle swelling due to circulatory deficiency
  • Prophylaxis of clotting (thrombosis) after vein stripping
  • Severe lymphedema

Part 2: Compression Stocking Styles

Our compression hosiery is offered in four unique styles:


Athletic Performance Compression Socks from CompressionHosiery.com

Knee Highs

Black Knee High Sheer Stocking from CompressionHosiery.com

Thigh Highs

Anti-Embolism Thigh High

Full Pantyhose

Nude Sheer Pantyhose

Depending on the condition you are treating or preventing, and its location on your legs, choosing a compression stocking style is really a personal preference.

Performance Socks and Knee highs can be used for travel, long periods of sitting or standing, swelling or any other issues below the knee.

Thigh high compression hose and full pantyhose can be used for more advanced conditions or those conditions that require more compression support over the entire length of the leg.

Part 3: Measuring and Sizing Charts

To determine the correct size for your support stockings using our compression stocking guide, simply use a soft tape measure around the three (3) areas of your leg which will give you circumference measurements:


  1. Ankle:    Measure leg circumference above the ankle bone
  2. Calf:       Measure leg circumference around the widest part of your calf
  3. Thigh:    Measure leg circumference around the widest part of your thigh
  4. Length: Measure from the floor to one finger below your knee for knee high and from the floor to just under your buttock for a thigh high


 Height & Weight:

Find the proper size by cross-referencing in our PANTYHOSE Sizing Chart

For Maternity Pantyhose:

Please use the pre-pregnancy weight in our PANTYHOSE Chart.

 Shoe Size:

Cross reference the sizing based on your shoe size

Should you be on the border line of a sizing suggestion, please chose the next larger size on our chart.

Please click the images below for enlarged versions of our sizing charts.

Unisex Sock Sizing

Use our Unisex Sock Sizeing Chart for accurate performance compression sock sizing.

Ladies Sock Sizing

Use our CompressionHosiery.com Ladies Compression Sock Sizing Chart

Men's Sock Sizing

Utilize our Men's sock size chart for accurate compression sock sizing

Pantyhose Sizing

Use CompressionHosiery.com's Pantyhose Sizing Chart for accurate sizing of your compression stocking pantyhose.

Pantyhose Circumference Sizing

Knee High & Thigh High Compression Stocking Sizing Chart

Thigh Length Anti-Embolism Sizing

Anti Embolism THIGH High Compression Stocking Size Chart

Below Knee Anti-Embolism Sizing

Anti Embolism Knee High Compression Stocking Size Chart