Whether it’s by plane, car or bus, travelling has become a constant factor in our lives, but so has the pain in our feet and legs after long trips. This is especially true for women who might be traveling while pregnant. Fortunately, travel compression socks for women can help alleviate some of that pain, making trips more comfortable and preventing dangerous venous complications. Below, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite women’s travel socks that would be perfect for your next flight.
A common travel-related health complication is Economy Class Syndrome (sometimes called Traveler's Thrombosis). This is really just a DVT, or a blood clot that forms in the leg due to inactivity while traveling for long periods of time. Left untreated, blood clots can travel through your bloodstream to your lungs and can cause a life-threatening condition known as a pulmonary embolism. That sounds scary, but researchers believe that women who wear compression socks while traveling significantly reduce their risk of developing these clots.
Pregnant women or women who are taking birth control are particularly susceptible to economy class syndrome. In fact, these women have a 10x greater risk of forming blood clots due to changes in their bodies’ hormones. For expecting mothers, they’re also dealing with increased pressure on their legs since they’re carrying a baby.
What can you do to prevent a DVT when traveling? We recommend drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol, stretching your legs and feet every hour, and, of course, wearing compression socks. We've got plenty of great compression socks for women, such as our knee-high Allegro stockings which provides big relief at a small price. Or if your budget is a bit bigger, Jobst has compression socks for travel that are made with 33% cotton to give your feet and legs extra comfort during long flights or road trips.
No matter which compression socks you decide to buy, make sure you find the right size! For help with sizing and any other questions, please call 1-800-545-8585.