That’s tough to deal with! Compression socks are a great start, so I would definitely make that a 1st for those who haven’t. It’s important to put the compression socks on BEFORE traveling and at your least swollen level. They are really made to hold swelling steady vs decrease it.
Before the trip, try to avoid any activities or diet issues that can lead to swelling in the legs (i.e. ideally don’t run a marathon the day before). Try to move a lot during your layovers in the airport – walking, standing, heel raises, etc. I often also encourage any of my patients who are traveling to “go to the bathroom a lot” when the fasten seat belt sign is off – the more you can be up and moving the more your muscles will pump blood back to your heart. While you are seated, doing seated heel raises or ankle pumps up and down would be great exercises to practice.
If you haven’t already, talk to your physician about the problems with circulation to make sure there are not other medical concerns underlying the issues you are having. Hope that helps, and hope you have a great flight!
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