Back to the Basics

Our goal at has always been to make your life better. Sometimes going back to the basics of fitting and choosing your compression stocking is the smartest thing you can do for your legs and over-all well-being.

For instance, did you know that you should re-measure yourself before you purchase your stockings every time? These measurements are more than simply helpful in determining size. If your current garments are not containing you, you may need stronger compression or, simply a different fabric. Have you been properly replacing your stockings every 3-5 months? Has your health changed? Have you suffered a new condition which would call for changing compression? Are you wearing different shoes than when you were first diagnosed and had to begin wearing compression stockings? Are your current stockings rolling, or riding up the foot, or pinching your toes? These issues could be a donning issue, or perhaps we could help you remedy your compression stocking issues, simply by going back to the basics of fitting. Below you will find a helpful chart of indications. Take a look at this chart and call us at 1-844-472-8807. Let us discuss your current needs for compression.

Did your physician suggest you wear compression socks/hose? What compression did he or she suggest? Do you need our help in determining what compression might be perfect for you? We have Certified Fitters on staff to assist you.

8-15mmHg (mild)

15-20mmHg (moderate)
(1st medical

20-30mmHg  (firm)
(2nd medical

30-40mmHg (extra firm)
(3rd medical

Tired, Aching,
Fatigued Legs

Tired, Aching,
Fatigued  Legs

Moderate to severe

Severe varicosities

Minor ankle, leg, and foot

Minor ankle, leg, and foot

Moderate edema

Severe edema

Helps improve circulation

Minor varicosities

Post sclerotherapy

Lymphatic edema

Minor varicosities during

Helps prevent recurrence of
venous ulcerations

Manages active venous ulcerations

Post Sclerotherapy


Helps prevent recurrence of
venous ulcerations


Post Surgical

Helps prevent
post-thrombotic syndrome

Prophylaxis during

Helps manage neuropathy

Manages manifestations of



Orthostatic Hypotension

Tired, Aching, Fatigued

Post Surgical

Prophylaxis during

Post Sclerotherapy

Burn scar management

Burn scar management

Helps prevent DVT

Speeds healing of joint

NOTE: Higher compressions available for certain other conditions not listed here.


VERY importantly, did you know that in order to wear a 20-30mmHg or higher compression garment, your ABI, or ankle brachial index should be 0.6 or higher? The ABI, ankle brachial index, gives a good indication of arterial flow. Your ABI is the ratio of the blood pressure in the lower legs to the blood pressure in the arms. Compared to the arm, lower blood pressure in the leg is an indication of blocked arteries or peripheral artery disease, which would be a contraindication of high compression stockings. Ask your physician to measure your ABI. Another clear contraindication of higher compression would be uncontrolled congestive heart failure. Call us. Our Certified Fitters can assist you.

Helpful guide to sizing and choosing the specifics of your sock or hosiery:

Medical Grade Compression:

15-20 mmHg, 20-30 mmHg, 30-40 mm, or higher. (Your doctor can help you determine what compression might be right for you, or we have certified fitters to assist you in your choice, as there are indications for certain grades, as well as contraindications, as listed above).

  1. What are your measurements? A properly fitting garment is very important in comfort in addition to gaining the maximum in therapeutic benefits.  Take the following measurements prior to your order:
  • Ankle – at the smallest part
  • Calf – at the largest part
  • Thigh – at the top
  • Panty – at the top of the thigh, at panty line
  • Hips – around the largest part, including your tummy
  • Length – from the gluteal fold to the floor, or from the bend of the knee to the floor

NOTE: Your shoe size can be helpful, as well as your height, weight and pant size.  This gives us a great picture of what items will fit you best.
2.  What type of shoe do you wear daily? (for instance, some socks are thicker than others)
3.  What colors would you like?
4.  Do you need multiple types of socks? Perhaps an athletic sock, a dress sock/hose, and a daily casual wear sock/hose?
5.  How easily can you reach your toes?
6.  Will you be in need of a donning device to assist you in donning your new socks? There are several types available.  Ask your Certified Fitter at 1-800-505-4271

Non-Medical Grade Compression 8-15 mmHg:

      1. What is your shoe size
      2. What color or colors of sock would you like to wear?
      3. Choose between:


        Dress sock
        Casual sock
        Athletic sock


    Sheer hosiery (knee high, thigh high, or waist high)
    Trouser sock
    Pattern Trouser sock
    Athletic sock

    Just a reminder – not all sheer stockings fit the same and not all socks fit the same. For example if a sheer in one brand does not fit you well, another manufacturer’s garment may fit you better. That is why we have knowledgeable, Certified Fitters available to assist you in making choices.


    The Certified Fitters at Support Hose Plus will be glad to assist you and your friends in the ins and outs of compression stockings. As you know, carries all the major brands of support hose, so regardless of the size or height of the person we will be able to fit them in the correct stockings.

    AshVanda contains all of our Leg Health News Letters and has a wealth of information available just for you.
    Scroll to the bottom of the blog entry to leave comments on this subject.

    New Products:
    Jobst Diamond Pattern Thigh High UltraSher Stocking – Just in time for the holidays!

    Sigvaris Athletic Performance Sock:
    Stimulates and stabilizes
    compression of active muscles – for faster regeneration, less aching and
    cramping to optimize performance potential

    Don’t forget your support hose are made to last 4 to 6 months

    If they have become easier to put on, it may be time to replace them.

2 Responses

  1. Rosemary,
    Thanks for your comment. We always love to hear from you!

  2. Hello, recently received my 3 prs 20-30 compression Jobst knee-high, ultra sheer, in record time, thank you very much for prompt attention, as always. The open-toe version is not available in Australia, which is a bit mad, in our climate, coming into summer….cheers from Rosemary

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