What Size Compression Socks Do You Need?

Why You Need to Measure Your Leg Size Before Purchasing Compression Socks or Other Compression Equipment

Discussing where your pain is located with your podiatrist is the first step towards deciding what kind of compression product you should get – a sleeve, stocking, or sock. Our compression socks, sleeves, and stockings come in a wide range of sizes, so determining accurate measurements is an important next step to getting the best fit.

You should measure your leg before buying compression socks, as compression socks that don’t fit may not only be limited in their effectiveness, but may, in some cases, cause discomfort. This is the main reason that you need correct measurements before purchasing compression stockings or compression socks.

Steps for Measuring Your Leg, Calf, and Thigh

We suggest that you take measurements when you first wake up in the morning, because the swelling in your feet will be at its lowest point. Your limbs—including your legs, calves, and thighs—should be measured with your bare skin exposed. All measurements taken are based on the angle between the sole and the foot or the sole and the leg being bent at approximately 90 degrees for the most accurate measurement. Follow these steps to find your size: 

  1. Mark the widest point of your calf with a marker.
  2. Measure the widest part of your calf and take note of the measurement in inches.
  3. Find your most commonly worn shoe size.

After you’ve completed all the measurements for your calf and have identified your shoe size, you should compare these metrics to our sizing chart below. For compression socks, our chart includes shoe sizes for men, women, and European conversions, as well as calf circumference. You can also find compression sleeves and tights sizing. We look forward to giving you the perfect fit!

S/M 5 - 8 3.5 - 6.5 36 - 39 12" - 16"
Wide Calf S/M  5 - 8 3.5 - 6.5 36 - 39 17" - 21"
M/L 8.5 - 11.5  7 - 10 39 - 42 13" - 17"
Wide Calf M/L 8.5 - 11.5 7 - 10 39 - 42 17" - 21"
L/XL 12 - 15 10.5 - 13.5 42 - 46 14" - 18"
Wide Calf L/XL  12 - 15 10.5 - 13.5 42 - 46 17" - 21"

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