4) Compare your measurements to the size chart of the specific product(s) you've chosen.
If you need additional help, call us toll-free at 1-877-545-8585, or refer to the detailed instructions below.
Compression Level : You'll need to know the compression level required by consulting with your doctor or medical professional. (If you have a choice between two levels of compression, go with the lower level.)
Style and Brand : Decide on the style of hosiery you need: knee-high, thigh-high, or waist-high (pantyhose). Then select the brand.
Lymphedema Armsleeves, Gauntlets, Gloves : Decide if you need an armsleeve, gauntlet, glove, or combination. Then decide which brand you prefer.
Depending on the brand, armsleeves are made with regular elastic top or silicone top band. If you have a large upper arm, you may want the armsleeve with the silicone top band since it provides additional assistance in helping the armband to stay up. Gauntlets cover part of the hand and thumb but not the other four fingers. Gloves cover the hand and part of all five fingers but not the tips of the fingers.
Take your Measurements : Since each brand measures and assigns sizes in different ways, it's important that you measure based on the size chart for the brand you have selected. The chart will explain what part to measure and where to measure. Be sure to write this down as you measure. (Note: You'll need to measure both limbs if they are visibly different sizes. This is particularly important when wearing thigh-high stockings.)
Be Accurate : The No. 2 reason for problems wearing compression garments is caused by wearing the wrong size (No.1 is wearing too high a compression). Measure carefully according to the brand and type of hosiery selected. Write down the measurements as you proceed and double check them. Keep these points in mind:
For Compression Hosiery, measure the ankle at the narrowest point; the calf at the widest; the thigh at three-quarters of the way above the knee. You may need your height, length of leg, and weight, depending on the style and brand. When petite sizes for knee-high stockings are offered, you'll need to measure the length of the leg from the floor to the bend behind the knee. For petite sizes in thigh-high and pantyhose, measure from the floor to the crease below your buttocks.
For Armsleeves, measure the circumference of wrist, and upper arm and lower arm each at the mid- point.
For Gauntlets and Gloves, measure the circumference of the wrist and of the hand across the palm.
When to Measure : Measure when swelling is at a minimum - usually in the morning.
Use the Correct Size Chart : Each hosiery brand and style has a unique size chart and size measuring instructions. Use the correct chart for the product, style, and brand you have selected. Don't guess - if you wear a small in other types of garments, don't assume you'll wear the same size in compression hosiery. This is a medical garment and you want it to fit well and perform as required.
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