Step by Step Measuring Tips for Leg Garments

Measure circumference starting at:

Top Thigh

Mid-Thigh (Largest Area)


Mid-Calf (Largest Area)


Length of Leg
from Heel to Crotch

Length from Center of Kneecap
to Heel (8)

(8) This measurement is only
necessary when ordering a
Half Leg or Custom Leg


PLEASE NOTE: We made measuring for your patient a little bit easier. We have coordinated our Upper and Lower Extremity Order Form to follow the step by step instructions listed above.

Compare measurements to Spec Sheet. If the thigh is large, opt for a length that will cover the entire thigh. Remember that inflation will pull the Garment down an inch or two. With swelling mostly below the knee (calf & ankle), a shorter leg Garment may be used.

Short Cuts to Measuring***

  1. Measure full length of leg. (See #1)
  2. Measure any large or unusual circumference
  3. Find length on chart. Check circumferences to make sure your patient is smaller than measurements given.

Rule of thumb:

  1. Small Leg for patient around 5 feet tall.
  2. Large Leg for patient around 6 feet tall.
  3. Medium Leg for most patients in between.

Bio Compression sells more medium legs than any other size. They will fit a wider range of patients.

If at any time you are unsure of exactly which Garment to order, give Customer Service a call at (800)222-7867 or (800)888-0908. With your measurements, we can advise you as to the most appropriate stock Garment.