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Flight socks... do they work?!?

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Flight socks... do they work?!?

The older I get the more I seem to be affected by the dreaded swollen ankle syndrome when I fly to long haul destinations.

I am flying to the States next week and am only there for a short while and don't wish to be plodding around on chubby ankles... Are flights socks any good and does anyone have any other advice to combat this?

Many thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

I've never tried flight socks, always appeared to be just a gimmick to me. What I recommend when flying long haul, is just simply taking your shoes off, and always moving your feet by rolling your ankles every hour or so. Also, just sitting down for the duration of the flight won't help, so get up and walk up and down the aisle a couple of times too.

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2. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

Socks keep your feet warm and clean. So in that respect they work. To control swelling you need surgical stockings. They looked fine on Norah Batty and I never heard tell of her suffering from chubbby ankles.

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3. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

My parents have used them (talking about the elasticated compression socks here, not regular 'sockies') and swear by them - longhaul trans-Pacific.

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4. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

If you mean compression socks or stockings yes they do work and i would never consider flying long haul without them. They are not a "gimmick" but a medically recommended device to prevent DVT which is quite common and has caused a number of deaths even in quite young and fit long haul flyers.

Specialist travel doctors in Australia would recommend their purchase before a flight > 4 hours.

Taking your shoes off will not prevent swollen feet. If anything they will swell even more.

I find wearing my flight socks does help to reduce swelling.

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5. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

Agree with Nozzie. Flight socks are NOT a gimmick. They do reduce the incidence of blood clots/swelling of ankles.However, you should also exercise your legs and feet while on a long flight, as Sunmagic posted.

Nozzie, is there any particular brand you like?

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6. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

Ive had mine for ages. Can't remember what brand they are- but our doctors also recommend that you buy them from a pharmacy where staff are trained to fit them properly.

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7. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

K30, they certainly do work, I won't fly anywhere more than 2 hours without them. Scholl do good ones, but Boots variety are just as good and a pound or two cheaper.

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8. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

I'm only in my 20s and swear by them. I have some Scholl stockings and on long haul flights where I have used them I haven't had any swelling (whereas I had in the past)

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9. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

A hint that was given to us before our flight to the UK last year, was: 'Write' the twentysix letters of the alphabet with your feet every hour of your flight.

We tried it and had no problems! I often do it when sitting at the computer for extended periods as well!

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10. Re: Flight socks... do they work?!?

<'Write' the twentysix letters of the alphabet with your feet every hour of your flight.>

Puts a new slant on the origin of "Footnote!"