How to Measure TED Hose

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How to Measure TED Hose
The fit is important. (measuring tape image by Andrzej Włodarczyk from

TED hoses are elastic stockings worn for the prevention of blood clots in the legs. The acronym TED stands for Thrombo Embolic Deterrent. Blood clots can occur in bed-bound patients or those who have decreased activity due to illness or surgery. TED hoses compress the vessels in the legs, decreasing the chances of blood clots until you can return to your normal level of activity. The fit of the TED hose is very important in order for them to work most effectively. Proper measuring must take place to ensure the proper specific fit for each patient. By following these steps, it is possible to correctly measure for TED hose.

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Things you need

  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Notepad
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Measure circumference of calf while standing using flexible tape measure. Place flexible tape measure around widest area of your calf and write down measurement on notepad.

  2. 2

    Measure from the base of the heel to the fold of the knee, placing the flexible tape measure along the back of the calf. Write down measurement on note pad. This is for proper sizing of knee high TED hose only.

  3. 3

    Measure from base of the heel to the bottom of the buttocks, placing the flexible tape measure along the back of the leg. This is for proper sizing of thigh high TED hose only.

  4. 4

    Compare your measurements to the sizing chart provided by the TED hose manufacturer you have chosen. Select the proper size according to your measurements.

Tips and warnings

  • Measure each leg and obtain separate readings for each, as measurements can vary from leg to leg and require different TED hose sizing.
  • Measure legs in the morning, as swelling tends to increase throughout the day and could alter measurements.
  • Beware of the signs and symptoms of thrombophlebitis resulting from a blood clot in the leg.

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