Traveling & Compression

In the last few years, there has been increasing interest in whether gradient compression stockings reduce the risk of DVT (deep vein thrombosis-blood clots in the legs) and other circulatory problems in airline passengers. The stockings are worn throughout the flight. By applying a gentle pressure to ankle compression stockings help blood to flow. Pressure combined with leg movement helps blood in superficial veins to move to the deep veins and back to the heart. The blood is then less likely to clot in the deep veins, which could be fatal if the clot moves to the lungs.

Wearing compression stockings will also reduce the discomfort and swelling in legs and ankles. The risk of DVT applies to other types of long distance travel such as car, train or bus. When remaining seated without moving for over 5 hours, the risk of DVT could be four times higher.

Travelers Tips:

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Move your feet and ankles every 15 minutes: 10 flex’s and 10 circles
  • Take a short walk every 2 hours
  • Raise your feet
  • Wear compression stockings while on the trip will help prevent symptoms and swelling
  • Drink plenty of liquids, avoid dehydration

Our certified ABC/BOC compression fitter, Kristen Knowles is a pioneer in the lymphedema management community.

Kristen has fitted active iron man marathon participants with custom compression garments that allow them to have the most in flexibility and mobility. She's also helped avid travelers with garments specifically designed to enable them to fly comfortably.

We carry the latest lymphedmea advanced technology compression garments available including: JoviPak, Tribute, Sigvaris, Jobst, Medi, Farrow, CircAid, Juzo, Lymphedivas and more.

Call today for a free initial consultation: 713-623-4247

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