Long flights always take a toll on one’s being. The little to nil chance of a leg room, the change of time zones, and the unfortunate passengers, worse if you get seated with a restless baby. Before I give you the reason why you should consider using compression socks on long travels, let me tell you first what compression socks are and their purpose.
Compression sock/stockings are designed to stop or prevent the progression of venous disorders such as edema, phlebitis and thrombosis. Not only that it helps increase circulation of blood, it also helps prevent the formation of blood clots in the lower legs. Compression therapy helps decrease venous pressure and relieves heavy and aching legs.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins in your body, usually transpire in your legs which causes leg pain or swelling. On long flights when you are inactive, your blood tends to collect in the lower parts of your body, mostly in your legs. During this long period of time your blood flow can slow down significantly which increases the chances of a blood clot forming.
Signs and symptoms of occurring DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis:
- Swelling in the affected leg
- Pain in your leg, this often starts from the calf and you feel like cramping or soreness
- Red or discolored skin on the leg
- Warm feeling in the affected leg
- Sometimes this occurs without noticeable symptoms, so you must be careful
As they say, prevention is better than cure. This is one of the reasons why pilots and flight attendants use compression socks. If you are planning to travel with long flight hours, make sure to use compression socks. Not only can you prevent DVT, you are also preventing your legs from swelling, minimize leg fatigue and venous insufficiency and keep the blood from flowing as normal on your legs. SO? What are you waiting for, purchase your own compressions socks at Heart Your and keep the blood in your legs flowing!
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