Measuring Instructions

Medico How To Measure

Follow the easy steps below to calculate your size “starting point." Height and weight, as well as dress size, are all factors in determining the proper fit.

When taking these measurements, use a cloth tape measure versus a metal one. Make sure the tape is level and neither too tight or loose when you circle your chest, waist or hips. Also measure yourself on your bare skin; never measure over clothes. And this may sound silly, but don’t trust your memory — be sure to write the measurements down! 


When to take measurements:

If swelling is an issue with you, measure your legs, first thing in the morning, after you get out of bed. This is when swelling is at a minimum, and the size of your legs should remain once the swelling is eliminated.  Why? It is important that the edema is at its most reduced state, this is found first thing in the morning or at the end of treatment.

Measurements should be taken from each circumference. It is recommended that you mark the leg with a non-permanent, non-toxic marker at each circumference measurement made. The length measurement is then taken even with the floor, along the inside of the leg, up to the circumference point. 

Measure the circumference of your waist. Use the tape to circle your waist (sort of like a belt would) at your natural waistline, which is located above your belly button and below your rib cage (if you bend to the side, the crease that forms is your natural waistline). Do not suck in your stomach, as you will get a false measurement.
Tip:  Not really sure where your natural waist is …or went? Dress in your underwear or a leotard and tie a narrow ribbon or a piece of elastic around your waist, but not too tight. Move around a little bit until the elastic or ribbon finds your natural waistline. This may not be where you wear the waistband of your jeans or favorite pair of slacks.

 Measure the circumference of your hips. Start at one hip and wrap the tape measure around your rear, around the other hip, and back to where you started. Make sure the tape is over the largest part of your buttocks (usually approximately 7 inches below the natural waistline). Because making sure the tape is level in the back can be hard, do it in front of a mirror or get someone else to take your measurements.

Bicep Circumference:
 Measure the circumference of your arm. Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your upper arm from front to back and around to the start point.

Bra Band Size: With your bra on, measure firmly around your rib cage, directly beneath your breast. The tape measure should be horizontal around your body and should not drop in the back. This is your underbust or bra band measurement.  

Bra Size: 
For purposes of  correctly sizing and ordering a Medico bra, you must measure the circumference of your chest. Place one end of the tape measure at the fullest part of your bust and wrap it around to get the measurement (under your armpits, around your shoulder blades and back to the front). This number is your bra size.  

Measuring for Jobst Compression Stockings:

 Measure around your ankle and calf. Then, measure the distance from the floor to the back of your knee.

Thigh-highs and pantyhose:
 Measure around your ankle, calf and upper thigh. Then, measure the distance from the floor to your upper thigh (bottom of your buttocks).




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