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It depends also on your risk profile and length of flight, and what you will be doing (eg being active or sedentary) before and after the flight. For example, the Memsahib is high-risk because she has had a previous DVT - I therefore won't let her fly long-haul unless with a flat bed BUT she also takes low-dose aspirin for a period before and after the flight and wears compression socks (for shorter flights) or stockings (which go up her thighs as well) for longer flights AND she regularly gets up to walk around, hydrates plentifully and so forth. One thing to bear in mind is that very fit people can be (counter-intuitively) higher risk, because their resting pulse is generally lower, increasing the possibility of blood pooling and clotting.
If you are are concerned about DVT, consult your GP who can do a clotting test and give you an assessment of your risk levels.
Having said all that, wearing compression socks is never going to hurt you (although they can be a bit hot and itchy). They can also reduce the tendency of feet and ankles to swell on long flights - how many of us have struggled to put our shoes back on at the end of a long-haul flight??!
I agree. It may be a bit of a struggle to get them on, but once they are on, you don't notice them and they may just be doing you some real good.
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Following ankle surgery, I was advised to wear them by my specialist. I was also advised to take asprin (Encartia) a day or two before the flight and afterwards to avoid DVT. As I have had ankle issue, I do wear them on long haul flights, especially if overnight.
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I used them for the first time and after wrestling them on they are great. Superficial bruising around shins (old age) vanished
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