Flying for long distances with varicose veins can be risky. Risky does not necessarily mean dangerous, but there are some precautions you should take even if your flight is a shorter one. Pay attention to the following tips for flying safely with varicose veins.
The Problem With Long Flights
Anyone who has varicose veins knows that movement is important to keep your blood flowing. A long flight can be problematic and prevent you from moving around. There are many ways to overcome this obstacle.
Someone with vascular issues could also have a problem with deep vein thrombosis. In fact, recent research has concluded that people with varicose veins are at a higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a clot in the deeper veins of the leg. Before you embark on a long flight, it’s best to speak with Advanced Vascular Associates about your risks of vascular disease.
Book A Special Seat
Every airplane has certain seats that provide more legroom. Sometimes, airlines attach a fee for those seats, but if you have vascular issues, it is probably worth the extra money. It will allow you room to stretch and move your legs and feet.
Avoid wearing anything tight like jeans. Pick comfortable and loose clothing for your flight. Comfortable shoes should complete your outfit, so be pragmatic.
Wear Compression Socks
You probably already have a pair, and boarding a flight is a great time to wear them.
Keep The Water Flowing, Not The Alcohol
Drink plenty of water when flying to keep you hydrated. If you must have a glass of wine or alcoholic drink, have at least the same quantity of water as you imbibe.
Do Some Flex Exercises
You can do some beneficial exercises even while seated. Rotate your ankles and feet in a circular motion. Flex your feet and pull your toes forward and hold for 15 seconds, then point them away from you and hold for 15 seconds.
Bring one knee at a time up toward your chest and hold. Do the same with the other leg. All these tips will help circulation.
Walk Around If You Can
If you can safely walk up and down the aisles, that’s your best type of exercise. A turbulent flight might not allow for that, so do what you can at your seat. Go to the restroom (even if you don’t have to go) about once an hour on a long flight.
High altitude and cabin pressure can irritate the symptoms of varicose veins. However, The World Health Organization tells us that lack of movement is the main danger.