When you think of compression socks, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is your grandmother’s hosiery. Compression stockings do have a similar function, but let’s skip the fashion lesson and get right into the benefits of wearing compression socks on your next flight.
Compression socks have actually been around for quite a while and has been used for years by medical patients, elderly individuals and people whose jobs require that they stand or sit for extended lengths of time, such as airline pilots, to promote better circulation and blood flow while helping prevent the formation of blood clots in the lower extremities.
Just about everyone has been stuck in a cramped economy seat at one point or the other during their flight. There is nothing worse than walking off the plane with ankles that are swollen like grapefruits. Traveling is meant to be fun, but it’s not always healthy and long flights where you are stuck in a tight seat can have an adverse effect on your circulation.
This is where compression socks can help. They can reduce the effects of poor circulation that can cause swelling or even deep vein thrombosis and clotting when you are stuck on a long flight.
How Do Compression Socks Work?
Stockings and socks that provide compression give a steady amount of pressure on your legs and veins. This helps the blood to remain flowing freely and efficiently. It’s a great way, that’s also inexpensive, to keep your blood from pooling in any one part of your body.
Wearing them is easy, but you do have to put them on a little differently than regular socks. The most effective way to put them on properly is to hold the toe portion while flipping the rest of the sock inside out. Insert your toes in the tip and then proceed to roll the sock up slowly in an upward motion. This ensures that pressure is applied correctly and evenly along your ankles and legs.
Are They Stylish?
Everyone likes to stay fashion forward, thankfully there are a lot of trendy options for men and women from Pro Motion Healthcare. There is a range of colors, styles, and sizes available to suit just about any personality. Even if you don’t want to wear them all the time, it’s easy to toss a few pairs in your carry on to wear once you get on your flight. If you have friends or family who travel a lot, they also make great gifts.
It’s also very important to make sure you are wearing the right size of compression socks. You should feel like your ankles and calves are getting a nice gentle squeeze as opposed to feeling painful or uncomfortable. Socks that are too tight can restrict blood flow instead of encouraging it, so if you feel pain that is a good sign that you have the wrong size.
Call Pro Motion Healthcare today at 705-315-0111 to check out the vast selection of compression socks available in a variety of sizes, so you can fly with ease and walk with comfort following your next flight.