We all know that compression socks are essential for post-surgical recovery and enhancing sports performance, but did you know that they can also come in handy if you’re taking a long trip? Trains, planes, and time spent on the road in a car can leave your legs feeling cramped and uncomfortable. Anyone can feel discomfort on the road, but for those with conditions that cause poor circulation or restless leg syndrome, the way there can feel like an eternity. Wearing a pair of compression socks on your travels can help alleviate some of these discomforts for a better trip.
Some of the most important benefits include:
Alleviate Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless leg syndrome is a condition that creates an almost irresistible need to move your legs, otherwise leading to uncomfortable sensations. It’s most common for restless leg syndrome to act up during long periods of sitting, making travel difficult. Compression socks have long been a tool to help manage the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. Gradual compression helps to counteract against the tingling feeling common in those suffering from this condition. And an added bonus is that they start working immediately, keeping you comfortable for the entirety of your travels.
Reducing the Risk of Blood Clots
Those with poor circulation issues are at a higher risk of developing blood clots during travel, but perfectly healthy individuals can develop this condition as well. This is especially true when flying because you’re seated for long periods of time with little room to move your legs, causing blood to pool in the veins. Wearing compression socks is a great way to combat this condition because they increase blood circulation throughout the legs. This increased circulation makes it easier for blood to pump back up to the heart and reduces pooling in the veins; lowering the risk of blood clot formation. When possible, don’t be afraid to also walk the aisles of the plane to help circulation even more.
Preventing Ankle Swelling
Sitting for extended periods of time on long-haul flights can also cause foot and ankle swelling.
While this is typically harmless, it can be annoying and slightly painful. The circulation benefits of compression socks apply gradual pressure to the ankles, which keeps blood from pooling. Those suffering from conditions like diabetes are especially prone to in-flight swelling but can stay comfortable by planning ahead.
Keeping Legs Cool and Comfortable
Riding on a plane or train means dealing with unpredictable temperatures. If you’re someone who tends to feel cold, compression socks can keep you warm. The increased blood circulation brought about by compression socks helps regulate body temperature to help you feel more comfortable. Other times, you may find yourself feeling stuffy or warm in the train car or cabin of a plane. Another great thing about travel socks is that most feature moisture-wicking technology to keep legs from feeling hot and sweaty.
When planning for your next trip, don’t forget to adorn your travel compression socks. Doing so will help you stay more comfortable and healthy for the duration of your flight, train ride, or road trip.
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