Use Compression Stockings, Socks When Travelling for Vein Health

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Summer is right around the corner which means many people will be hitting the road or the air to travel to many exciting destinations. However, while traveling it is important to keep in mind your vein health. This is especially important for people with any predetermined venous issues like varicose veins. Compression socks are the best way to help you ease any venous problems when travelling long distances as they help protect against clotting and leg pain. Let’s look at a few ways compression stockings, also called compression socks, can help you be healthier when travelling this summer.

Compression socks – protecting vein health while traveling.

Understand the distance you are travelling

While travelling with venous issues you must understand the distances you are travelling and how long you will have to be seated or immobile. Being sedentary for long periods of time, can take a toll on your body and especially the blood flow in your legs. Long periods of sitting when you have varicose veins or other venous issues can promote clotting, swelling, discomfort and even potentially deep vein thrombosis. However, wearing the right compression stockings during long travel periods can help alleviate these issues.

How compression stockings, socks work

Compression stockings or socks are designed to enhance blood flow from the lower leg back up to the heart by applying pressure to the veins, arteries, and muscles. This pressure helps prevent pooling of blood in the lower extremities. By helping with the blood flow in the legs, compression stockings reduce the risk of clotting and swelling along with discomfort associated with these issues during long periods of sitting.

The benefits of compressions socks

Other than the aspect of comfort, compression socks offer many other benefits for those travelling long distances. These socks help alleviate symptoms caused by varicose veins like edema, providing much needed relief. Additionally, compression stockings help with blood flow and can help prevent clotting while sitting for long periods of time.

Always add compression socks to your bag

Adding compression socks to your carry-on bag is a simple and useful way to prioritize your health when travelling. Whether you are getting on a plane for a 4-hour trip to the Caribbean or a 12-hour car ride to a new and exciting adventure, adding compression stockings to your bag will prepare you to stay healthy on your trip. Wearing compression stockings can make all the difference for your venous health when travelling so get past the idea that they may look uncool or different. Compression stockings may just keep you away from having a major health issue on your trip.

Sizing up

Compression stockings come in all sizes, so if you have these venous issues there is a pair for you. Consult your doctor if you have or even think you may have any venous issues before travelling long distances so you can better prepare yourself for your trip.

If you have venous issues the importance of wearing compression socks cannot be overstated. These socks help with circulation, swelling and discomfort along with reducing the risks of serious health problems like blood clots. Using compression socks while travelling will provide a more comfortable experience, allowing you to arrive at your destination feeling energetic and revitalized.

Author:

Dr. Lawrence Presant is Chief Medical Officer at Arizona Vein Specialists in Phoenix, Arizona. Presant is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, General Surgeon by training and a certified diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.

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Dr. Lawrence Presant

Dr. Lawrence Presant is Chief Medical Officer at Arizona Vein Specialists in Phoenix, Arizona. Presant is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, General Surgeon by training and a certified diplomat of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.

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