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In order to work effectively compression must be the correct size for you.

If you are new to wearing compression therapy, we advise you to be assessed and measured by your GP, nurse or pharmacist.

Alternatively, the best way to measure yourself or someone else is to use a flexible tailor’s tape, that measures in centimetres , to measure the circumference of key parts of your bare leg and foot.     

How to measure

This example is showing Activa hosiery measuring points. Please consult the relevant product pages for specific measuring guidance.

Measuring for knee-high compression socks

  • B - measure the circumference of the widest part of the calf
  • C - measure the circumference of the ankle, just above the ankle bone
  • D - measure the length of the foot from the back of the heel to the longest toe

Additional measurements for thigh-high stockings and tights only

  • A - This measurement is only needed if you are ordering thigh-high compression stockings. Measure the circumference of the widest part of the thigh (5cm below the groin).
  • Hip - This measurement is only needed if you are ordering tights. Measure the circumference of the hip at the widest part.


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