Compression Stockings For Large Legs

If you have large legs finding compression stockings that fit well can be a challenge.  For people with cone shaped legs, rolling and sliding is often a problem. There are solutions for both of these issues. To find the absolute BEST fit, you do need to measure your leg - so take a look at our measuring guide as you get started.

Large or Thick Legs

Most manufacturers make wide-calf styles designed for customers with larger legs.

Therafirm Core-Spun products are our top pick for larger legs! Let me tell you all the ways they're amazing - they're super soft, easy to get on and come in every compression level. They even have fashionable patterns now! Core-Spun Knee High Socks are available for men and women. The largest size will accommodate a 17 inch ankle with up to a 25.5 inch calf. Core-Spun Thigh Highs are available in sizes up to XXXL. They will fit an ankle up to 19″ in circumference, and a thigh up to 39.5″. Core-Spun Thigh Highs are designed for men and women, come in three compression levels and two colors: black and white. Sizes XL-XXXL are offered in the 15-20 and 20-30 mmHg compressions only. You can see where you’d fit on the size chart below:

Therafirm CoreSpun Compression Thigh Highs for Plus Sizes

The largest knee high and thigh high available is now in the Sigvaris Secure Line. The calf sizing goes up to 74 cm (slightly over 29″) and the max thigh is 102 cm (about 40″). The Secure products are made to manage strong edema – swelling that does not do well in thinner fabrics like sheer or microfiber. While the fabric is incredibly strong, it is still breathable and comfortable to wear. With its precise sizing, you are guaranteed to get a perfect fit in this product. Available in 20-30, 30-40 and 40-50 mmHg.

The Sigvaris Comfort PLUS is another great option – it’s softer and stretchier than the Secure line. It comes in 20-30 mmHg and 30-40 mmHg. The X-Large size in this product can fit a calf up to 28″ around and they come in short and long lengths.

If you're looking for something that's more affordable in price, the Allegro Surgical Weight Knee Highs 20-30mmHg are available in Wide-Calf sizes that fit a calf circumference up to 26 inches and an ankle up to 15.5 inches. The Surgical Thigh High and Allegro Sheer Thigh Highs are sized up to XXX-Large to fit a 15.5 inch ankle and 36 inch thigh. A customer who purchased the Surgical Weight Knee highs said, “This product fit perfectly and I have really big calves… not too tight – comfortable. Wore them all day!” The Allegro products are a great, affordable option for most customers.

Mediven Extra-Wide Calf sizes are available in Medi PlusMedi Comfort,  Mediven for MenMedi Assure and Mediven Forte, 20-30 mmHg and higher. Medi Extra-Wide calf sizes vary by size, so be sure to check the specific size chart for the stocking you want.

Juzo has begun carrying a line of Dynamic Max products designed for larger legs. Size V will fit an ankle up to 14 inches, a calf up to 26 inches and a thigh up to 37 inches. The Max line is available in 20-30 and 30-40 mmHg in knee highs and thigh highs.

Jobst Full-Calf sizes are designed to fit a calf circumference of 18-24 inches and an ankle up to 14 inches. These sizes are available in Jobst for Men CasualJobst ActiveWearJobst Relief, and Jobst UltraSheer in 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40 mmHg. Full-Calf sizes are available in Jobst Opaque 20-30 mmHg and higher.

Cone Shaped Legs

When I first heard this term, I thought, “Well, nearly everyone has a cone-shaped leg – the ankle is always smaller than the thigh.” But, that is not the shape we’re speaking of when it comes to socks and stockings. When you measure your legs, many people will find that their knee circumference is smaller than the widest point of the calf. In a cone-shaped leg, the measurements do not decrease at any point as you move up the leg – the calf and knee are about the same measurement.

If your leg is cone-shaped, compression knee highs have a tendency to roll or slide. A sticky silicone top-band will typically solve this problem. Knee highs with silicone top-bands are available in 15-20, 20-30 and 30-40 mmHg.

Both Jobst and Mediven have launched a new design of the silicone top band where they use sticky silicone fibers that are woven through the top band. This creates a more gentle hold against the skin. The Mediven product is called Vitality and Jobst is called SoftFit.

If you still have difficulty keeping the silicone top band in place, using a light adhesive at the band is a great option. It Stays is a water-soluble skin glue that is hypo-allergenic and safe for all compression stockings. It’s available in a 2 oz roll-on bottle. A dab or two of It Stays will keep your knee highs and thigh highs up all day.

Looking for wide-calf sheers? Try the Allegro Essential Sheers.


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Stephanie - October 1, 2020

Hi Carmi – Take a look at Sigvaris, once you get to the Sigvaris page on our site you can filter by compression level as well as wide calves to find one that is right for you. You will also want to consult the size chart to determine what size you need to ensure you get the right compression. If you need more help, our Customer Service Representatives are not only incredibly knowledgeable about all of our products, but they are also Certified Fitters.

CARMI L MORRIS - October 1, 2020

I have a size 6 shoe and a wide calf, I need 20-30 mmhg do you have somethng in that or close?

Stephanie - March 10, 2020

Hi Kathy – I would recommend looking into a compression wrap that you secure around your leg as opposed to a stocking that you would pull up. You could also look into custom compression garments. Because they are custom, they are designed to fit you and your needs.

Kathy Parker - March 10, 2020

I have extremely large legs made worse by severe lymphedemia blisters. Doctor would like t a d hose but I am afraid that pulling them on will bust the blisters. Right shin is 26.5 inch and right ankle is currently 13 inches. Left shin is 28.5 inches and left ankle is 14 inches. Do you have any recommendations for helping me with this problem?

Stephanie - March 10, 2020

Hi Zena – Off-the-shelf products may not fit everyone. If your father’s measurements don’t fit into a standard size chart, he may need a custom compression garment. Custom garments are made to order and he will need to be measured by his medical professional or a certified fitter, depending on the product he requires. Because the garments are custom made, they can be made for any part of the body and customized with options like velcro, zippers and pull-loops. The medical professional you are working with is generally a great source to determine which product is best suited to your specific needs.

Zena Garrett - March 10, 2020 father has a 50 inch calf and wears a size 14 shoe any suggestions I have looked elsewhere

SHerry BAssett - January 28, 2020

I need extra, extra large compression stockings. I see you have many styles. I want open toe, men’s 11 to 12, ankle 13 to 16, my legs and feet swell a lot,, calf 21 to 24 . I want them bigger because they shrink even though I hand wash and air dry. I would like zipper if possible. Ihave some from the doc but are too tight and roll down and hurt.i hope you can help me.please contact. Thanks Sherry

Brita - January 3, 2020

Hi Beverley – If you have significantly different measurements, you may have to order two different sizes. You’ll end up with two pairs that you can alternate between in that situation. Some brands, like Sigvaris and Therafirm, have pretty decent measurement ranges for each size, so you may find that your legs fit into the same size. The other option might be to try a compression wrap – those are sold as singles, so you can get two different sizes. Let us know if you have any more questions!

Beverley ALexander - January 3, 2020

I was just wondering as my two legs are different sizes. I wonder how to order the compression stockings

Patricia Mills - October 20, 2019

I have large legs and can’t get compression stockings to fit me properly. My calfs are thick and my legs are short.
Do you think you might have some to fit me.

Brita - October 20, 2019

Hi Kimberly – We would need your leg measurements to help get you fitted. I am not a fan of zippered compression stockings. They are usually challenging to get on even though they’re sold as an “easy” alternative. Most medical brands do not sell this option. We can get you something that fits and controls your swelling!

Brita - October 20, 2019

Hi Larry – you would definitely fit into the Therafirm Core-Spun Thigh Highs. Give us a call and we can help choose the size and style for you! 1-877-545-8585

Larry Rice - October 8, 2019

I am a large built man of 68 years old and i weigh 375 pounds. My upper thigh is 29 1/2" around. I would like to see pricing on a pair of compression socks that would help me. If there is a special deal on several pairs at one time i would like to purchase some.

KIMBERLY Rogers - October 8, 2019

Hi, what would you suggest. My compression zipper sock fits the legs good but 2 tight on ankle and causes the ankle to swell.,?

Rachell Permenter - September 20, 2019

I am looking for thigh high compression stockings without feet covering and with feet covering in multiple colors. Thigh flabby thigh 27/Calf 18/ calf 10. I only have knee high at this time BUT they are so tight they leave a tight rubber band mark on my legs. Can you help me?

Brita - September 3, 2019

Hi June – When stockings roll down, that’s usually sign that they are not bit enough. I’ll send you an email so we can find a better fit together!

Brita - September 3, 2019

Hi Ruth – I will send you an email so we can find something that works for you! Your compression socks should definitely not be causing pain.

June Jones - September 3, 2019

I’ve just had surgery on my left leg for varicose veins. I purchased Jobst thigh high 8-25mm. However they are not long enough to reach the top of my thigh. They roll down and cut into the knee area where my knee bends. I need a larger size in the 8-15mm range. Can you please let me know what size I may need for length and comfort.

Ruth Veteto - September 3, 2019

I am in pain every day wearing compression hoses. My pressure number is 30. My calfs are 17 inches around. But I feel like I’m wearing a Tourniquet on my leg and it hurts. It hurts to the point that I feel like I can’t hardly walk. What Hose would not hurt me and not leave a strong tourniquet impression on my leg? The regular size knee-high compression stockings are not working for me.

Shelby Green - August 21, 2019

Need extra wide compression stocking can’t seem to find any that doesn’t cut into my legs

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