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Why You Need Flight Socks

Compression stockings, otherwise known as “flight socks”, are specifically designed for long-distance travel, specifically on planes. By gently compressing the leg from the knee down, flight socks have been proven to reduce the risk of conditions such as deep vein thrombosis by up to 90%. These socks are also great for reducing the risk of blood clots, and just help to keep your blood flowing in your lower leg while you travel. So, while you may not have ever thought about investing in a pair of flight socks for your next trip, they could very well help you get through your flight safely and comfortably.

While flight socks are most often recommended for people who are at a higher risk of developing conditions such as DVT, anyone who is going to be sitting still for a long period of time (i.e. on a flight or even just driving long distances) should be advised to own and wear a pair. The reason for this is that when you are travelling and sitting still for such a long time, the circulation to your legs is affected. If you’ve ever gotten off a plane and have had your legs feel stiff, now you know why! By wearing flight socks, the circulation is improved by putting positive pressure on the veins.

When wearing your socks, remember to also keep your legs moving, whether it’s through small exercises while sitting down or even getting up during the flight to walk around a bit – this just reduces your risk even more.

There are numerous factors that increase your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, and therefore also increase the need for you to wear flight socks. If your journey if over four hours long, most doctors will recommend flight socks. Similarly, being over forty years of age, being overweight, being on the contraceptive pill, pregnancy, and a family history are all factors that will increase your risk. However, whether you consider yourself to be at risk or not, DVT can affect anyone, so make sure you stay on the safe side and invest in a pair of flight socks.

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What Are Compression Socks – and Why Wear Them?

Compression socks and stockings (or travel socks) are specialized socks and hosiery which are designed specifically to prevent and treat disorders of the veins in the legs. They are highly recommended for wear during flights, extended periods of sitting, and for those in occupations where there is a majority of time spent on one’s feet. Here’s why:

Compression leg wear improves blood flow in the legs. In the veins, blood must flow upwards towards the heart; there are “valves” in the veins to prevent blood flowing backwards. Over time, these valves can weaken and blood can pool in the legs and cause veins to swell and twist, and become unsightly and even painful. These are varicose veins. If the blood pools and doesn’t keep moving quickly throughout the body, blood clots can form (deep vein thrombosis). This is a serious condition which can be life threatening.

Compression stockings and travel socks provide a gentle pressure, slightly squeezing the muscles and veins of the leg in order to keep blood moving up the legs. This prevents legs swelling, and can also help to prevent blood clots. Compression is firmest at the ankle, reducing gradually up the leg.

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Compression stockings or socks can be of benefit to prevent swollen or aching legs, varicose veins, ulcers of the legs, and fluid in the legs. They are also invaluable during flying.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a major health concern on long haul flights. When seated in cramped conditions for extended periods, blood can flow too slowly in the legs and a blood clot can form. Early symptoms include swelling or pain in the calf, with a feeling of heat in the area. If part of the clot breaks away (embolism) it can travel to the lungs, heart, or brain, potentially causing death.

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One way to protect against DVT when flying is to wear travel compression socks – and these also prevent tired, aching legs and swollen ankles.

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While there are some serious, heavy duty, and quite unattractive prescription stockings available for wear following surgery, there are plenty of everyday options for wear which are quite stylish. Browse a range of stylish products here

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Next time, we’ll look at how to put on compression socks, some tips and care instructions. Stay tuned!