Support socks can be helpful during the flight

Many people today are afraid that they will get a blood clot during a flight. It can happen, of course, but the risk is small if you are not predisposed to blood clots. However, if you have any symptoms of being predisposed to blood clots, it important that you contact your doctor before you start out on a flight that lasts longer than six hours. Why are long flights dangerous? Because you are stuck in your seat with no room to move around.
But then, what options do you have to prevent a blood clot during a flight? You can buy special support socks with a compressing effect that increases the blood circulation, helps keep the venous valves going and increases the return flow of blood to the heart. But even if you are wearing support socks, it is still important that you get up and move around a little. Many people think that it is the low air pressure in the passenger compartment alone that causes blood clots, but that is only part of the reason. Lack of movement is an equally important factor.
Therefore, support socks and movement are necessary during a flight; you should get up and move around at least once every hour. People used to believe that sitting in your seat and exercising your feet was enough, but these days the experts recommend a little more exercise than that.
There are some signs you should be aware of after the flight. Do you have trouble getting your shoes on when you are leaving the plane because your feet are swollen? Or do your calves hurt when you are getting off the plane? If the symptoms do not go away, you should consult a local doctor before you fly home again. And it would be a good idea to buy a pair of special support socks for the trip home to prevent the symptoms from coming back.