06.05.23 CVL Varicose Veins

Feet in the Sky: How to Fly with Varicose Veins

Summer is here and all across the country men, women, and children are eagerly awaiting a hard-earned vacation, many of which involve a long flight. If you’re one of the many Americans dealing with varicose veins, prolonged travel at a high elevation and sitting in a cramped space can be a source of significant discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways to ease the experience so that you never need to let long travel deter you from your dream destination.

1. Move Before You Go: Extended periods in a seat are unavoidable on a plane, so it’s important you stay upright and mobile in the days and hours leading up to your trip. Stretch, go for walks, elevate your legs, and do everything you comfortably can to ensure blood is moving freely in those legs before you rest them.

2. Double Your (Non-Alcoholic) Drinking: Staying hydrated is a good way to prevent and care for varicose veins on a regular day, but it’s essential when traveling. Everybody is different, so there’s no hard rule to follow in terms of how much you should be drinking, but a good rule of thumb is to aim for over 64 ounces on the day you fly.

3. Wear Loose Clothes on Your Legs: Function is more important than form when you fly with varicose veins, so try opting for loose-waisted, flowy bottoms over skinny jeans or yoga pants, which can restrict blood flow when sitting for long periods of time.

4. Consider Compression Socks or Stockings: These garments are professionally designed to provide pressure and get your calves pumping blood through your legs, which vastly improves circulation while you’re moving or still. They come in a variety of pressure levels, so it’s best to consult with a doctor to find your ideal socks before making a purchase.

5. In-Flight Exercise? You Bet!: While sitting with flat feet, raise your heels then raise your toes. Rock those feet up and down 20 times every hour to increase circulation. Take a walk to the bathroom every few hours too. 😊

6. Commit to Removal: Procedures can be an intimidating subject, but varicose vein removal is simple and minimally invasive. Plus, removing the veins is the best way to avoid the risks related to flying with them, and most patients are ready to fly one week after treatment.

If you’re ready to treat your varicose veins, we’re ready to assist you with the procedure and whatever questions you may have before, during, and after the process. If you’re not ready or comfortable with surgery, that’s ok! The first five tips are still a great starting point on your journey. We’ll always be ready to help if you change your mind. Remember, we’re only a phone call away—866-695-8346!

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