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Flight Socks

Make your travelling experiences effortless by picking up the perfect pair of flight socks from OnBuy's impressive online selection. Packed with reassuring compression socks in a variety of sizes to suit every avid traveller, safe and satisfying journies are just a click away. With practical flight socks from credible manufacturers such as Scholl readily available, there's a vast range of flight socks just waiting to be explored.

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Flight socks, also known as compression socks, are often considered necessities by those who frequently travel long distances via airplane. Available in various different sizes and levels of compression to suit your flight distance, compression socks can help to reduce your chances of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) while travelling. This condition is caused by stilling still for considerable periods of time and occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. Although flight socks are often ready to pick up in airports and pharmacies, ensuring you have the perfect fit before your journey can provide you with the best chances of fending off DVT.

How do flight socks work?

If you're new to the concept of flight socks, then you might not realise how they help to prevent DVT. While travel-related DVT is rare in healthy people, you can be put at a higher risk of developing this health condition if you have a history of DVT or pulmonary embolism, have had a stroke, or are overweight. These factors and several other lifestyle and health-related conditions can increase your risk of developing DVT during a journey, so it's worth investing in a pair of flight socks if you're concerned or your GP recommends it. To reduce your risk, flight socks work by putting gentle pressure on your leg and ankle to maintain blood flow to these areas while you're seated for long periods of time.

As such, compression socks and stockings are typically only useful when you're facing a journey of around three hours or more via car, train or plane. They're available in different compression levels and sizes to provide a comfortable and effective fit around your feet and ankles. Offering the lowest level of compression, class 1 stockings have a pressure of 14-17 mmHg at the ankle and are usually considered to be sufficient enough to prevent DVT. However, it's of the utmost importance that you pick up the correct size as ill-fitting stockings could even increase your chances of developing DVT and won't effectively stimulate blood flow in your legs.

Can wearing flight socks cause damage?

Typically, flight socks are perfectly safe to wear provided you follow the manufacturer's instructions and guidance from your GP. If you find that you're often over-using compression socks or wearing them incorrectly, you may notice wear-related breaks in your skin which could give rise to an infection. In general, we recommend not leaving the same pair of compression socks on for days at a time and consulting with your doctor to ensure you're wearing your flight socks for the right amount of time.

For frequent travellers that have a healthy supply of flight socks, we suggest sourcing a prescription for medical-grade compression socks. However, if you notice bruised or broken skin after using, it's always best to discontinue use and check with your healthcare provider for any travel alternatives.

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