How Do Compression Socks Work When You Travel?

Traveling to faraway places often involves sitting in an airplane for long periods of time. This can potentially cause legs, ankles, and feet to swell. To reduce the likelihood of swelling, it is recommended that you wear compression socks while traveling.

What Exactly Are Compression Socks?

Compression socks apply pressure to your lower legs. Made with stretchy material, they're designed to fit snugly around your legs. There are compression sleeves, which you would just wear on your legs. There are also graduation compression socks, which are tighter around your ankle than on your leg.

When your legs get this continual "hug" from these socks, your blood vessels can work better. The arteries can be more relaxed, letting blood flow more freely. This increased blood flow helps prevent swelling, fatigue, and pain. 

Why Are They Important When You Travel?

When blood doesn't flow well, there's an increased risk of clots. This risk is even greater when you're sitting down for long periods of time. On their own, clots are dangerous because they worsen the problem of restricted blood flow. They often lead to swelling. Swelling is sometimes associated with some pain, tightness, and reduced mobility.

In addition, clots could cause other issues. If they get dislodged and travel to your lungs, you could experience shortness of breath or medical complications.

These are the main reasons why many people use compression socks when traveling. These socks, or stockings as they're sometimes called, have been shown to reduce the likelihood of clots and swelling. This way you can get off the plane without any discomfort and start your adventures.

Can You Wear These Socks All the Time?

Because they fit so tightly, most people only wear compression socks during certain times like traveling. At other times, you'll be moving around in various positions and stretching or even exercising. All of this activity can keep blood from pooling in your lower legs.

Wearing compression socks all day may be too much of a good thing. Your skin needs to breathe in order to be healthy and stay clean. Your muscles also need a chance to work on their own without being constricted.

It's important to take care of yourself while you're heading somewhere. Staying hydrated and well-fed can keep your energy levels up. Wearing compression socks can keep the blood flowing through your legs.

The gentle compression and cushioned support of Trtl Flight Socks will ensure you're ready to hit the streets and see the sites once you reach your destination.

  • Gentle Compression of 15-21mmHg reduces swelling and promotes circulation in your lower legs
  • Cushioned support and comfort for your legs and feet
  • Made with Coolmax and knitted with Lycra ® for a comfortable fit and experience

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