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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