Feet Down, Wheels Up. How to Fly with Varicose Veins.
Summer is in full swing, and for millions of Americans that means multiple flights in just a few months. These excursions are often exciting, but they are also hard on your legs. Especially for those who suffer with varicose veins. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help prevent complications like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), as well as bothersome aches and pains in your feet and calves.
The first step is simple: Hydrate. It can be easy to lose track of water consumption as airports don’t let you bring liquids through security, but once you’re through the gate, always remember to purchase or refill a bottle. Adults who enjoy the occasional pre-flight cocktail should be extra cognizant of how much water they’ve had, as alcoholic drinks—no matter how refreshing they taste—will dehydrate you. If you like to snack while you travel, make sure you’re buying low-sodium items.
Another impactful move you can make for a comfortable flight is part of your wardrobe: Compression socks. They used to be just for people already suffering from varicose veins or lymphedema, and while those afflicted should always wear them before sitting for long periods of time, anyone who is about to fly for over three hours can benefit from wearing a pair while they travel. These socks help everyone by assisting and promoting venous circulation which in turn will reduce the risk of DVT. Even better? There are plenty of affordable options that we offer in our office. Or check out online retailers like Amazon. Wearing comfortable, loose-fitting pants and comfortable supportive shoes will also make travel much more pleasant, comfortable, and safe.
Whether you’re taking a hard-earned vacation, celebrating a beautiful wedding, or visiting family far and wide, we want you to enjoy traveling this summer. If you’re concerned about varicose veins, please give us a call at 866-695-8346. We’re here to help! Healthy legs = Happy, Active Life.