Taking measurements for medical compression stockings

For a perfect fit and medically proper pressure gradation, it is essential that leg measurements be taken with due care and precision. Perfectly fitting stockings prevent the development of congestion and improve the acceptance by patients of compression therapy.

Legs must be free of clothing and free of edema for measurements to be taken (finger pressure test in the ankle area – an indentation will persist after the pressure is relieved in case of edema). The ideal time to take measurements is in the morning or immediately upon the removal of a compression bandage.

The edema-free leg should be measured whilst the patient is in a standing position. The leg that is measured must be the standing leg. If the patient is to be fitted with stockings for both legs, each leg must be measured separately.

The circumference should be measured first, whereby the various measuring points of the circumference measurements should be marked using a pen suitable for use on the skin. The length can then be measured
easily using these marked points.

Measurements should be taken from the feet upwards. Each easurement is to be taken at the leg measuring points stipulated in the table.

measurement diagram

Explanations for measuring points

(in compliance with the most up-to-date German RAL requirements)

measuring points

Finding the right size

3 steps to the right stocking size:

1.  Find in which size the cB measure fits
2.  Compare each measure of the patient with each of the other measures of the defined size
3.  No discrepency? Size order!
      Discrepencies? Made-to-measure order!

Table of sizes BELSANA microsoft/BELSANA vivere

table of belsana viera

Table of sizes BELSANA classic E

table of belsana classic E

Table of sizes BELSANA classic with cotton

table of belsana classic with cotton