Recent health scares over deep-vein thrombosis in long haul flight passengers has led to a surge in sales of flight socks. Many passengers expecting to sit for up to 20 hours on an aircraft heading to the other side of the world worry that the long period of inactivity could lead to potentially fatal blood clots.
In reality, DVT (otherwise known as “economy class syndrome”) in airline passengers is mercifully rare, and tends to be confined to people who suffer from poor circulation in their lower limbs, pregnant women and those who have had a stroke. With greater knowledge comes greater preparation, including the use of aspirin to prevent blood clots, and regular in-flight exercise to keep the circulation going. On top of that there’s also flight socks.
Where you need flight socks or not for your short haul trip to Malaga is between you and your doctor, but according to NHS advice, studies have concluded that airline passengers who wear compression socks during flights of four hours or more can significantly reduce their risk of DVT.
The socks apply gentle pressure to the ankle and help blood flow, but only if you remember to buy the right size. Ill-fitting socks will do nothing or even increase the risk of DVT.
Enjoy your flight, and don’t forget to pack non-flight socks for when you arrive. Quality black cotton socks from socked.co.uk look great everywhere, even on the beach.
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