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Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis is one vascular complication that can occur in the legs and feet and is more likely to occur in long haul flights of greater than 4 hours.

Over the last few months so many Melbournians have observed that the weather here in Victoria has been quite quite cold and unlike last year the winter weather has not skipped past. The last few weeks have been incredibly cold and despite the few lovely sunny days we have had, the cold, windy and rainy days have been plentiful. So much so that many of our patients have now packed up and flown north for the winter, many choosing sunny Queensland while those lucky few have decided to make the journey to Europe.

Flying interstate or overseas can be quite troublesome when it comes to your legs and feet. Many travellers complain of swelling and fluid retention from being seated and inactive for long periods of time. Deep vein thrombosis is one vascular complication that can occur in the legs and feet and is more likely to occur in long haul flights of greater than 4 hours. DVT is the formation of small blood clots predominately in the legs which can often be fatal should they break off and travel to the lungs.

Venostasis (stagnant blood flow) is one of the major causes of DVT and since we are seated with minimal movement while flying, the risk of DVT increases.
Our veins require approximately 18mm/Hg of pressure to provide adequate circulation of blood from the lower legs back to the lungs and heart. At high altitude and also with minimal muscular movement, blood circulation is reduced. Compression stockings are one easy way to ensure that your circulation is not compromised and can help reduce your risk of DVT during your flight. Many stores and pharmacies sell compression stockings but with so many different styles, brands and types on the market it is impossible to know which type is best for you and at $60 plus per pair you want to be sure you have made the right selection.

After doing some research, Walk On Podiatry has found a brand of medical grade compression socks that provide excellent compression in all the right areas, are ergonomically designed to suit the shape of our legs and don’t break the bank! Come in to one of our clinics and try out our range of Venosan Microfibre Compression Socks and see how easy they are to apply. Unlike many other retailers, all of our podiatry staff have the expertise to measure your foot, ankle and leg circumference to ensure you are fitted in the most appropriate size.

For more information contact us to make an appointment with one of our podiatrists.