Compression Socks for Flights

It’s the middle of summer! Kids are out of school and about now, they may be getting bored. Or maybe you are. It could be a great time for a family vacation! Plan for something about a month from now – you know what they say, the best time to book a flight is at least 21 days in advance!

Additionally, that will give you enough time to think about your family’s flying needs. What do we mean by this? We are talking about how to most comfortably take a flight without feeling the effects of flying too harshly. Mainly, we are talking about swelling.

Not all folks have an issue with swelling when flying. However, for those who have circulation issues, the changes in altitude and cabin pressure can mean significant discomfort and even pain, during and after the trip. When they swell, your feet and ankles can feel uncomfortable in the narrow and cramped seats. If your legs are shorter and legs don’t reach the ground, you can feel problems with circulation, and the same goes for those who cannot fully relax from having legs that are longer than most.

For those who are prone to swelling for one reason or the other (including diabetes, chronic venous insufficiency, spider veins, deep vein thrombosis, lymphedema, and pregnancy), compression socks and sleeves are helpful for preventing and reducing the risk of severe edema (or swelling). Swelling can happen when fluids pool in the legs due to long periods of sitting and pressure changes and compression socks help them to go back to normal. It encourages equalization of fluid levels and blood flow so that there is enough returning to the upper body.

If you suffer from swelling in your feet or ankles (whether or not you’re flying), compression socks can be beneficial. However, in case the swelling is indicative of a bigger or more severe problem, it’s best to consult with one of our podiatrists. Make an appointment to come see us at The Podiatry Group. Our podiatrists, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can assess your feet and ankles and find the right solutions to fight your edema at our Jonesboro, AR office.