Defining measures for compressive therapy

While in the case of preventive stockings the size corresponds to the person’s clothing size, this is not the case with compressive stockings. Depending on the veins condition, different compressive therapies are applied.

There is no „one-size-fits-all“ when it comes to vein stockings. For every person it is necessary to take measures: the circumference of extremities at certain spots and then define the size. The stocking may be neither too big, nor too small. Only an adequately chosen size guarantees a successful treatment.

You can take your measures on your own or you can visit us at  SimBex Medical supply store so that our professional staff can do it for you. The best time to take measures is in the morning right after you get up. Compressive stockings should be worn right after getting up, before the veins are filled with blood, to ensure efficient venous circulation.


A compressive stocking makes the heaviest compression in the ankles area and a bit less on the thighs. This enables faster and smoother flow of blood to the heart. These stockings are available in various lengths: knee highs, short leg, long leg (self-supporting stockings), pantyhoses, etc.

Compressive stockings are divided into 4 compressive classes, depending on the intensity of passive pressure (pressure during standstill, in the ankle area).

The efficacy of a compressive stocking depends of the compression class and the material it is made of.

Compression class Compression class Compression in kPa Compression in mmHg
1 Mild compression 2,4-2,8 18-21
2 Moderate compression 3,1-4,3 23-32
3 Strong compression 4,5-6,1 34-46
4 Very strong  compression 6,5 and more 49 and more

Based on the measures it is possible to see if the patient can be given a standard product or a tailored stocking would have to be made. Our sales experts will be happy to advise you on this. In the case of vein damage or disease, the compression class and the length of the stocking will be defined by the doctor, in compliance with the diagnosis and the location of veins damage.