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Now that summer is here, it’s also high time to hit sunny beaches and new adventures with friends and family. For many of us, that means taking a flight to or down the coast – or maybe even overseas! Wherever your vacation may take you, make sure that you don’t forget to take care of your feet during the flight to prevent edema and other problems.

Most airplane seats are small and uncomfortable. To improve your flight and circulation, we at Crofton Podiatry would like to offer ideas on some tips to prevent swelling in your feet and ankles:

  • While you’re seated, flex and extend your feet. You can make small circles at your ankles, both inward and outward. If room allows, you can even try to stretch your legs as straight as possible and then bring your knees in and hug them. This movement will keep the fluids and blood flowing in and out of your legs. If you can, ask for an aisle seat to allow for more room!

  • Try not to cross your legs while seated, which constricts blood flow.

  • Wear non-constricting clothing as any that do will cut off circulation. Compression socks or leggings are good options.

  • Especially on long flights, get up and take walks up and down the aisle whenever you get up to use the bathroom. If you find room, do some whole body stretches.

  • Stay hydrated! You can bring an empty bottle and ask the flight attendants to fill it up. Stay away from too many salty snacks, which can cause further bloating. Alcohol can make you feel more dehydrated and if you have enough, it can also cause you to be too unsteady to safely walk around the cabin.

Following these tips may help you feel better throughout your flight, as well as prevent the more serious problems related to edema. Most people will not experience much swelling to the point of being noticeable as the swelling will go away as you land. However, it’s important to consider the effects of swollen feet, ankles, and legs if you are at higher risk for edema (prone to blood clots or diabetic). Shoes can be more difficult or painful to put on. You may feel numbness and be unsteady when moving. Severe, long-term swelling can even indicate deep vein thrombosis (or a blood clot).

If you experience pain, numbness, or severe swelling after a flight, you may want to seek medical attention. Make an appointment with Dr. Brad Toll at our office in Crofton, MD, where he and his team will help you find the right solution to your foot and ankle needs.

 

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