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How To Measure
Responsibility - What you can do
Wear and Care
Therapy Guide

How To Measure

Measuring Tape

Measuring for Support Wear (8-15 mmHg and 12-16 compression) is by shoe size, and for panty hose by height and weight.

Measuring for Medical LegWear stockings is simple.

Sizing for medical compression stockings is based on the circumferences of the leg. If your are experiencing swelling, it is very important to take the measurement first thing in the morning before getting out of bed.

When you receive your stockings, it is also just as important to put your stockings on first thing in the morning. Take your shower the night before. By putting on your stockings before you swell, you can control your swelling easier.

If you are looking for queen size hose, there are no queen size. Medical Wear garments are size by measurements and proportioned to fit. Please call one of our Certified fitters for assistance with sizing.

How to Measure for Jobst How to Measure for Mediven How to Measure for Sigvaris

Responsibility - What you can do

There are a few easy steps you can take to help relieve symptoms of leg fatigue and congestion. These steps will also help stop the progression of your symptoms, and help prevent leg ulcers and blood clots from occurring.

Elevate your legs at least 3-4 times each day for at least 15 minutes each time

Elevation means placing your legs on pillows, a chair or other object so that your feet are above the level of your knees, and your knees are above the level of your hips. You should try to avoid sitting with your legs down and stationery for more than an hour at a time. You can put your feet up while performing sit down tasks. Elevating your legs to the level of your hips won’t reduce swelling but it will keep the swelling from getting worse. Elevation of your legs above the level of your heart is needed to reduce swelling.

Exercise your calf muscle every hour

You can draw figures with your toes, push your toes towards the floor and then point them up towards your nose, stand on the balls of your feet, tiptoeing up and down, walk, or swim. Any movement of your calf muscle helps to move blood back to the heart.

Wear Gradient Compression Stockings

Wear daily except while in bed, bathing, or swimming.

Other Actions You Can Take To Help Your Legs

Avoid crossing your legs

Avoid smoking

Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes

Eat a low sodium diet (low salt)

Achieve and maintain the proper weight for your height and build

(Your doctor or nurse can advise you further on this)


Wear and Care

Life with Compression Stockings

At first it may be necessary to apply moisturizers to your legs at night. Applying moisturizers to your legs before putting the stockings on can make it more difficult to don (put on your stockings).

Put on your stockings each day when you first wake up. This will help prevent fluid from accumulating in your legs before you put your stockings on.

Wear your stockings whenever you are out of bed. Walk often. Practice routine periods of leg elevation. Remember wearing the stockings is only one of the steps you can take to make your legs feel better.

General Tips for Donning

Wearing compression stockings may take some adjustment. These tips are included to help make that adjustment easier.

Wearing rubber type gloves such as the Sigvaris Donning Gloves sold at Support Hose Store will help you grip the stocking and help prevent rips, runs, or holes from forming in the stocking. Special assistive devices such as stocking donners may be purchased from Support Hose Store.

If you have a satin foot slip (for use only with open toed stockings) which came with your open toe stockings or purchased one put on the satin foot cover first.

Turn back the top of the stocking onto itself.

Place your foot [toes pointed if possible] in the stocking until it meets resistance. With both hands grab the stocking on each side of your ankle and pull towards your body until it meets resistance.

Fold the stocking back onto itself, grab at the sides at the top of the fold and pull towards your body. Repeat the fold back and pulling procedure again until the garment is positioned correctly on your leg.

Smooth out any wrinkles and adjust the heel and ankle area for comfort.

The top of knee high stockings should be two finger widths below the crease at the back of your knee. Thigh high stockings should be two to four finger widths below your groin. With knee high and thigh garments, never pull on top band.

Stockings will wrinkle and move throughout the day. Check your stockings periodically to smooth out any wrinkles.

Remove your stockings before going to bed. The stockings your physician has recommended may not be intended to be worn while you are laying down for more than one hour. Check with your physician.

If you are wearing thigh high stockings, the inside of the top band may need to be wiped with a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol once a week. This will help restore the stickiness of the silicone so the stockings will stay up.

Laundering

Your compression garment should be laundered after each and every wearing. Hand or machine-wash with warm water (about 105 degrees) and a non-phosphate detergent (All Free, Tide Free or ERA) or Jolastic® Washing Solution. No chlorine bleach or fabric softener. Warm water rinse (about 105 degrees). Hang or lay flat to air-dry. You may dry in a dryer on low heat or delicate setting if necessary. Thigh highs with silicone bands should not be dried in the dryer.

Replacing your stockings

The elastic fibers of your gradient compression stockings will break down with wear. Proper care will increase the "life" span of your stockings, but you will need to replace your stockings at least every 3-4 months. Your fitter may remind you to check your stockings. As a general rule, if your stockings become easy to put on, they probably need to be replaced.


Therapy Guide




How to Measure for Jobst

Jobst

Measurements should be taken upon arising when your legs are at their smallest

  • Using a measuring tape measure around the smallest part of the ankle. This will be above the round bones (malleoli) on both sides of the ankle.
  • Next measure around the fullest part of your calf.
  • For thigh length styles also measure around the fullest part of the thigh.
  • For chap or waist length styles measure the ankle, thigh and around the largest part of your hips.
  • *The measurement from the crease in the bend of the knee to the floor may be needed for Vairox and Jobst for Men Large/Tall

Use these measurements to determine your size. If you are not certain which size to choose, please call our toll-free number 1-800-515-4271 to speak to a fitter.


Please have the following information available:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Shoe Size

Below are a selection of size charts you may find helpful.

If you are looking for queen size hose, there are no queen size. Jobst Medical Wear garments are size by measurements and proportioned to fit. Please call one of our Certified fitters for assistance with sizing.

Jobst Size Chart for 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40 mmHg Jobst UltraSheer, Jobst Opaque, Jobst for Men and Relief Styles

Note: Not all sizes and colors available in all styles.

Jobst Vairox Size chart

Support Hose Store™, an authorized distributor of Jobst Hosiery; is located in Amarillo, TX. We sell Jobst compression socks and hosiery, the #1 physician recommended support hose and socks, and offer Jobst hosiery at retail and wholesale prices. When you call to place an order for any of our support stockings or support socks, you will speak to a Support Hose Store Certified Fitter and not a receptionist taking an order. Support Hose Store carries Jobst support stockings, compression hose, compression stockings, UltraSheer Hosiery, support hose, Jobst for Men socks, medical stockings, compression hosiery, diabetic socks, Relief and maternity, and men's dress and casual compression socks and travel socks all at great savings. Large full and extra large full calves are now available in the 20-30mmHg and 30-40 mmHg compression stockings and hose. If you need more information on our Jobst support hose please call us toll-free at 1-800-515-4271 to speak to one of our Certified Hosiery Fitters. We have been assisting customers in the medical field for over 18 years.



How to Measure for Mediven

  • Using a measuring tape measure around the smallest part of the ankle. This will be above the round bones (malleoli) on both sides of the ankle.
  • Next measure around the fullest part of your calf.
  • For thigh, thigh with waist attachment or pantyhose styles also measure around the fullest part of the thigh.
  • The measurement from floor to crease in bend of the knee or to buttocks may be needed to determine Regular or Petite length.

Use these measurements to determine your size. If you are not certain which size to choose, please call our toll-free number 1-800-515-4271 to speak to a fitter. Please have the following information available:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Shoe Size

If you are looking for queen size hose, there are no queen size. Medical Wear garments are size by measurements and proportioned to fit. Please call one of our Certified fitters for assistance with sizing.

Mediven Color Chart

Note: not all colors available in all styles. Mediven color chart

Below are a selection of size charts you may find helpful. There is a link on all order pages to size charts.

Mediven Size Chart for...

Radiance, Elegance, Plus, and Active Styles in 20-30, 30-40 and 40-50 mmHg

Note: Not all sizes and colors available in all styles.

Mediven Elegance 12-16mmHg Knee High Size Chart

Mediven Elegance 12-16 mmHg Thigh and Pantyhose Size Chart

Mediven Radiance and Elegance 16-20 mmHg Size Chart

Mediven Mediven Assure Size Chart

Mediven Mediven Active 12-16 mmHg Size Chart

Mediven Mediven Active 16-20 mmHg Size Chart



How to Measure for Sigvaris

Jobst

General Guidelines

  • Measurements should always be taken as soon as possible after waking when swelling is at its lowest
  • Limbs should be measured next to bare skin
  • Measurements must be taken by pulling the tape firmly around the leg without constriction

Delilah Sheer Hosiery Size Chart

Sigvaris Delilah Sock Size Chart

Sigvaris Samson Sock Size Chart

Sigvaris Delilah Thigh High Hosiery Size Chart

Sigvaris Sculptors Size Chart

Sigvaris Size Chart

Sigvaris Value Size Chart


Need Help? Or Are you tired of trying to remember when you placed your last order and what size or color you ordered? Let us help you.

Call our toll-free number 1-800-515-4271 and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have or arrange Auto-Reorder for you!

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Support Hose Store™, an authorized distributor of Jobst, Mediven, Juzo and Sigvaris support hosiery, is located in Amarillo, Texas. We sell Jobst, Medi and Sigvaris compression socks and support hosiery, at retail and wholesale prices. When you call to place an order for any of our support stockings, you will speak to a Support Hose Store™ Certified Fitter and not a receptionist taking an order. Support Hose Store™ carries Jobst, Medi and Sigvaris support stockings, compression hose, compression stockings, diabetic socks, maternity hose and travel socks all at great savings. Large full and extra large full calves are now available in the 20-30mmHg and 30-40 mmHg compression stockings. If you need more information on our Jobst, Mediven and Sigvaris support hosiery please call us toll-free at 1-800-515-4271 to speak to one of our Certified Fitters. We are vascular compression garment specialist.

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