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Recommendations for compression socks

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Recommendations for compression socks

My husband travels frequently on very long flights and I do occasionally. He is concerned as several colleagues have had blood clots after long flights. We both are taking long flights this month and thought purchasing compression socks might be prudent. We are late 50's, neither has had history of edema, my husband takes ambien on flights. Any recommendations? he is 6'2' and I am 5'4'. Thank you very much! Just choosing online is way too confusing.

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1. Re: Recommendations for compression socks

best recommendation is to have them fitted by a specialist, by purchasing online , you may not get the correct sizing and compression.

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Definately need fitting properly. No good buying them off the shelf as they could do more harm than good.

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3. Re: Recommendations for compression socks

I always use compression socks, you can measure them yourself using this guide activahealthcare.co.uk/hosiery-selector-size…

Other companies also sell them (Scholl is another)

Each will have it's own sizing chart. In the UK you can ask your pharmacist to measure and order them for you, if you can't get that service ordering online is not as daunting as it sounds.

Do measure as per the instructions, always order a light compression (class 1). This should be adequate for most people.

Stronger compression should only be worn if advised by a medical professional.

I find that my (50 something) legs don't get as tired, long walks to gates, being on your feet for a long tims - then sitting for a long time can make them ache a bit !

Also try to circle your ankles, not cross your legs and walk about the cabin every now and then.

Have a good flight !

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Sorry, above link goes to a weird place ........

here is the sizing chart link metromedicalonline.com/activacomplementsizec…

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5. Re: Recommendations for compression socks

Each company will have its own sizing chart. Having them fitted by a professional is definitely your best option; stores that specialize in compression stockings will usually have someone on hand to do this. But if you can't find someone, for a lighter compression level, the measurements are pretty straightforward: usually around the ankle, around the thickest part of the calf, and sometimes floor to back of knee length. Have someone else do the measurements (don't measure yourself), use a soft tape measure (so the tape is taut), and make sure the person is standing up.

I've tried lots of compression stockings, and like Mediven the best. They're generally more expensive, but they fit well, last a long time, and are comfortable for long wearing.

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I'm assuming the colleagues aren't physicians and may have very different physical characteristics (not just size) as your husband. Best to first see a physician and see if he's got a tendency for clots (they may also be able to advise types of socks, if not specific brands). the last socks I bought I got through a prescription from a doctor (and insurance paid part). I have such a tendency, and used compression socks a few times, though found some uncomfortableand difficult to put on, and currently get an injection (given by my wife, who's a physician) to prevent clots. Also, always best to get up and walk around once in a while, whether or not you have a pre-diagnosed tendency for clots. What do you consider a "long" flight? Ours have been up to 10 hrs.

Edited: 11:18 am, September 28, 2012
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7. Re: Recommendations for compression socks

I wear them for medical reasons and use the Mediven brand mentioned previously. They are more expensive, but are comfortable and long lasting. They also come in both a regular and an open toe version.

They can be hard to put on, so I use an assistance device as shown in the below link.

otstores.co.uk/images/stoc406_ezy_on_compres…

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You do not need compression socks unless your doctor prescribes them for a medical condition. People in normal health do not develop DVT (blood clots). And flying in an airplane does not make you any more prone to DVT than sitting in an easy chair at home for the same period of time.

If your doctor does prescribe compression socks, then they need to be properly fitted by a specialist, if they are to do more good than harm.

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<<You do not need compression socks unless your doctor prescribes them for a medical condition. People in normal health do not develop DVT (blood clots). And flying in an airplane does not make you any more prone to DVT than sitting in an easy chair at home for the same period of time.>.

That is just plain WRONG. Several quite young and fit people have died after developing DVTs flying long haul from Australia. And in fact the captain of the Australian cricket team (Steve Waugh ) got a DVT several years ago on a flight from the UK to Aus. He was about 30 years old and extremely fit by anyone’s standards.

In Australia most doctors recommend that everyone uses compression stockings for flights over 4 hours.

BTW they also reccomend NOT taking sleeping drugs such as Ambien because it means that you dont move about as much .

Edited: 10:52 pm, September 28, 2012
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10. Re: Recommendations for compression socks

Being fit and being in good health are quite different things, Nozzie.

Research is divided on this topic but there is no argument that moving around mid-flight can only do you good.

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