Travel tips for that long flight or car ride

Travel tips for that long flight or car ride

newsletter 11_15_1The holiday season is upon us and for many, this is a time filled with traveling to be with family and loved ones even if they are thousands of miles away. Traveling long distance becomes a bit more complicated if you are at risk or have a history of blood clots called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A DVT is a serious medical condition. The blood clot develops in the deep veins and can become life threatening if the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs (known as a pulmonary embolism or PE).

DVT’s and PE’s affect ~350,000-600,000 people in the US every year. When does this happen? Blood clots may form in veins with inactivity. You don’t have to be paralyzed or bedridden. It can happen while sitting during long flights or car trips. People at risk are those who have blood that clots too easily, are overweight, elderly, smokers, have poor circulation, damage to blood vessels, heart disease, take birth control pills or have a family history of blood clotting. Symptoms of a DVT may include warmth, swelling, redness and pain in that leg. If you believe you have a blood clot, immediately seek medical attention. Before you hit the road for holiday travel here are a few things to keep in mind while traveling those long distances.

• If you are taking a blood thinner, it is important to continue using it as directed by your family doctor to prevent blood clots.
• Wear compression stockings. Not only do they prevent swelling but your legs will feel better.
• Exercising is also important during those long trips to keep the blood flowing. With your legs straight, point your toes to your head and then relax. When possible get out of the car and stand up and try tip toeing/heel raises. On long flights or breaks during a car drive, get up and walk around as much as possible. Walking will make your calf muscles contract helping the blood to flow.

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If any of this sounds familiar to you and you would like to learn more, make an appointment today with your podiatrist for a quick initial evaluation.


Have a fun, safe holiday season.

Dr. Olga Garcia Luepschen and the Gentle Foot Care Center are located on US 27. For more information visit or call 863-314-9255.

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