When we sit for a long time travelling in a car, train or plane our blood flow is restricted, our feet and lower legs can begin to swell and sometimes there is an experience of pain. At the extreme you can develop a deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot which forms in deep vein. Blood clots occur when the blood thickens and clumps together. A blood clot can break off and travel through the body risking a pulmonary embolism– a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in your lungs.
So plan for good news stories when you travel!
1. Water is good with the aim being a quarter of a litre every 2 hours. The die-hard habits when you are travelling of tea, coffee and alcohol can lead to dehydration!
2. Eat a light menu.
3. Exercise sitting and or standing
- Ankle Circles
- Foot Pumps
- Knee Lifts
- Neck Roll
- Knee to Chest
- Forward Flex
- Shoulder Roll
- Stop the car and take a walking break, walk the train, or front to back on the plane.
4.Wear comfy, loose fitting clothing and shoes, along with your travel medical compression socks.
To reduce your risk when travelling think about:
- Length of your trip?
- Pregnant or post natal?
- Your age
- 60 is significant!
- Your history of blood clotting and what is the story in your blood line?
- Presence of large varicose veins and/or chronic venous insufficiency
- Use of the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy
- Your weight?
- Any current disease or serious illness
- Short term immobilization of a leg across a joint
- Recent surgery?
Happy and healthy travelling from the team at Happy Feet Pedorthics!
Clare Nelson C Ped CM AU