Whether you’re going on a long-haul flight or car journey, you’re prone to swollen ankles and feet, or maybe you're at risk of developing blood clots - flight and compression socks are a good option for you. …read moreSee less
They’ll compress your ankles and calves to increase the circulation in your legs and feet, ensuring that there’s enough blood flow reaching your heart, in addition to lowering your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Here you’ll find a selection of compression socks from popular brands like Scholl in a range of styles that will suit everybody.
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Are compression socks different from regular socks?
Compression socks will be tighter on your legs compared to regular socks in order to achieve a graduated compression effect.
It’s usually the tightest around your ankle, and looser as the sock rises up your leg.
Graduated compression is done to increase the circulation in your legs and feet, so there’s enough blood flow going to your heart.
They’re designed to prevent you from developing swollen ankles and feet when you’re flying, in addition to reducing the risk of you developing dangerous blood clots which can lead to DVT.
Are flight socks a good idea to wear for long car journeys?
If you’re in the car for a long time, especially if you’re a passenger, it may be beneficial to wear flight socks as your legs won’t be getting the same stimulation as a driver would.
Extended trips can reduce the circulation in your legs, which may result in the same blood clotting and swelling you’d get on a long flight.
If you’re prone to swelling or clotting, it’s a good idea to keep a pair of flight socks in your car in case any long car journeys arise.
What are the benefits of flight socks?
Flight socks promote many benefits, like preventing you from developing swollen ankles and feet after your flight due to a long period of inactivity.
They’re particularly useful for preventing DVT, a condition where blood clots form in the deep veins in the legs, and it can be very dangerous.
You should consider wearing flight socks if you have a history of blood clots or are prone to developing DVT, like cancer.
When should you replace your compression socks?
When you need to replace your compression socks might vary between brands, so always read the packaging to make sure your socks will still be effective.
A good indicator that your socks need replacing is if they’re starting to sag or they’ve become easy to put on - your socks should be tight to encourage circulation.