How to take measurements

It’s not difficult – just use a standard tape measure and take all the measurements shown in the relevant measurement chart below:

Tights / under-body

Lower body with extra compression

Abdominal suspension

Upper body

Men’s lower body

Men’s scrotum bandage



If there is a swelling overhanging the ankle at the top of the foot:

  1. Make sure that you take the Y-measurement over the swelling. If not, the garment may chafe the skin.
  2. For extra comfort, add 3 cm to the circumference measured.


You may find it difficult to find a point two fingers above the ankle joint (malleoli)

If in doubt, take a measurement slightly higher up.



Take time to feel the tissue mass and find build-ups of fatty tissue. Take the measurement across the widest part of a fat pad.


Under knee

If there is obvious swelling behind the knee, take this measurement at the lower edge of the swelling to ensure that the garment does not compact sensitive tissue.



This measurement will be the circumference around either the hips or the buttocks.

The measurement you give should be the largest of the two.



A high rise is generally more comfortable, especially if the patient has a “shelf-bottom” or an abdominal apron.

In these cases, for extra comfort, add 3 cm to the rise measurement.