More and more people are traveling long distances and have to remain seated for long periods of time. When movement is constrained, the blood circulation in the legs is restricted. This situation can lead to several common symptoms such as heavy legs, leg pain, swollen feet and ankles. Prolonged sitting is also a major risk factor for development of phlebitis and thrombosis (blood clot formation). In some cases, blood clots can migrate to the lungs resulting in a pulmonary embolism. The discomfort and risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis applies to other types of long distance travel such as car, train or bus. When remaining seated without moving for over 4 hours, the risk of DVT could be four times higher. A DVT can happen to anyone during travel, regardless of age, weight, or lifestyle. How can we prevent vein problems while traveling?
A simple and comfortable way to help relieve the symptoms of heavy legs, leg pain, swollen feet and ankles during travel is to wear graduated compression stockings. Wearing compression stockings is also advised to reduce the risk of developing a more serious condition such as phlebitis, deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism.
Medical compression stockings have been proven to prevent symptoms including heavy, tired and achy legs, swelling of feet and ankles. Ask Dr. Darling for information regarding the prevention of DVT and other venous problems during travel.
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Move your feet and ankles every 30 minutes :10 flexes and 10 circles
- Take a short walk every two hours
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and avoid alcohol
- Wear compression stockings as they are an efficient mean to prevent symptoms and swelling
Graduated Compression Benefits
Graduated compression hosiery is the most effective in preventing vein problems when traveling that lead to edema or swelling. It also alleviates leg pain and heaviness and contributes to prevent spider veins or varicose veins. It reduces the risk of acute conditions during long distance travel by increasing circulation and the function of the venous system. When you discover the benefits and comfort of compression stockings during travel, you may want to continue wearing them for years after, and your legs will thank you for their improved health.
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