August 2010 Newsletter
Summer Travel Can Increase the Risk of DVT
Poor leg circulation has been proven to contribute to spider and varicose veins, swollen ankles and feet, and can pose a serious risk for DVT. The risk is increased when travelling via plane or car, where you are seated in an upright location with little to no activity for extended periods of time. This position can cause several issues such as:
- Compression of central blood vessels in your legs, making it difficult for blood to get back to your heartCollection of fluid in your feet and ankles, resulting in swelling
- Formation of blood clots in the legs, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), increase in risk due to prolonged immobility
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Improve Circulation While Traveling
If you are looking for ways to decrease your risk of DVT while traveling, there are things you can do:
- Wearing compression stockings can help prevent swelling of the ankles and feet, and it may improve the blood return to the body from the lower legs.
- Move your legs and feet several minutes each hour. If flying, stand and walk as often as possible.
- Do light exercises that help to stimulate circulation, such as: ankle circles, foot pumps, seated knee lift, neck roll, shoulder roll.
- Drinking water daily is beneficial to leg circulation.
- Crossing your legs is a horrible habit when it comes to leg circulation. Uncross your legs and keep feet flat on the floor.
Time to Explore Treatment
If you are concerned about how your varicose veins or spider veins look and how your legs feel, or if your symptoms progress to include swelling, heaviness, burning or tenderness, it’s time to explore treatment options. Locate a vein center in your area.