measuring for support stockings

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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 9/21/2011 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
How does one measure the lower leg for support stockings?  Do you measure from bottom of knee to toes or bottom of knee to ankle /foot joint?

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   Posted 9/21/2011 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
         Ok, I'm going to take a stab at helping you here Betsey! smilewinkgrin   Let my stupidity shine through! smilewinkgrin
      Are you talking about the support stockings that the hospital's use after surgery? The toeless ones?...that run up to your knee?
      If I remember right they seem to be a one size fits all sort of stocking. I have a pair here at home, that the hospital used on me after my surgery.
      However, if I remember right, you are about the size of "Tinkerbell" from Peter Pan! smilewinkgrin I can see where you might need a special size.
        I probably missed this by a mile or so...but hopefully I will learn something out of it!
      Take care,
       SE wink
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   Posted 9/21/2011 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Depending on the type of support stockings you are wanting, you can go to a medical supply store and get a proper measurement done. I have to wear compression hose and they always do my fittings. Hope this helps you.
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   Posted 9/21/2011 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Betsey I knew you would get responses if you asked on a different post. I hope you can get your's done without any problems. I hope you're having a low pain day, Take care.

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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 9/21/2011 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Apparently the ortho doc wants me to get mild support hose and they go by shoe size. I am size 5 so i need 5,51/2,6,61/2 and they should go to your knee. Not in stock so here I am waiting for the order to arrive and the pharmacy will call me when they are in. My legs are killing me.

Thanks everyone but in the area that I live there is only one place I can get them and my size wasnt in stock. I know when I put them on they will be to long and I will have to fold them down over my sore tibia. Thats just great.

Thanks for your help.
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er
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