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What causes your feet to swell during travel in flight and now vehicles?

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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Poor circulation

Poor circulationa and remaining in one position for extended periods of time can lead to leg swelling.
If it persists however, you should be checked for blood clots.

In brief: Poor circulation

Poor circulationa and remaining in one position for extended periods of time can lead to leg swelling.
If it persists however, you should be checked for blood clots.
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Try to walk around intermittently on plane flights since that will help your muscles contract and help blood and fluid to keep moving which should help with the swelling. Same hold true for long car rides. Take breaks and walk around.
Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Low cabin pressure

Although lack of activation of the calf pump muscle mechanism is the main cause, as dr. Weiss mentioned, the fact that the air pressure in the airplane is lower than you would normally experience on the ground doesn't help either.

In brief: Low cabin pressure

Although lack of activation of the calf pump muscle mechanism is the main cause, as dr. Weiss mentioned, the fact that the air pressure in the airplane is lower than you would normally experience on the ground doesn't help either.
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Dr. Eric L. Weiss
Travel Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Blood pooling

We all know the heart pumps blood around the body, but most don't know that the action of your leg/calf muscles along with one way "valves" in your veins help the blood get back.
During lengthy sitting, gravity causes blood to pool in your legs and fluid seeps into your tissue causing edema/swelling. Heat, humidity, salty food doesn't help. Walk/stretch often on flight, elevate feet, avoid salt.

In brief: Blood pooling

We all know the heart pumps blood around the body, but most don't know that the action of your leg/calf muscles along with one way "valves" in your veins help the blood get back.
During lengthy sitting, gravity causes blood to pool in your legs and fluid seeps into your tissue causing edema/swelling. Heat, humidity, salty food doesn't help. Walk/stretch often on flight, elevate feet, avoid salt.
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