Long distance travel, whether by automobile, train, or airline can be associated with leg discomforts and risks. Lack of leg movement gives way to swelling of the feet and legs. The swelling contributes to leg fatigue, discomfort and the sensation of leg heaviness.
The likelihood of a thrombus occurring can be reduced with appropriate preventive measures suited to an individual’s risk.
Consult with your physician to determine your risk category and seek advice on appropriate prophylactic measures, including the amount of compression to wear.
Recommendations for any extended travel:
- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, especially water.
- Perform ankle movements often.
- Stretch and exercise your legs at least once every hour.
- Elevate legs when possible.
- Avoid high-heeled footwear and restrictive clothing.
- Wear gradient compression hosiery.
- Seek medical advice if you have or are concerned about any risk factor.
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