No matter whether your long flight means business or pleasure, there’s one thing that both types of flights tend to cause: swollen feet. It doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, healthy, or not. Your feet become swollen because of gravity, which causes your blood to go to your feet. Unless you’re in first class where there’s enough legroom to put your feet up, then you’re probably stuck in the same position for hours at a time. This inactivity leads to edema, the swelling caused by the long flight. Read on for ways to fight off this swelling and make your flight more comfortable from start to finish.
Watch Your Diet
On the day before your flight as well as during the flight itself, limit your intake of salty food. Salt can retain fluids, which can lead to your feet becoming even more swollen, so it’s best to eat low-sodium meals.
You should stay hydrated as well. Drink lots of water before and during your flight. You’ll also need to visit the restroom during the flight, which is good for the following reason.
Take A Walk
Walking to the restroom or just pacing up and down the aisles is a good way to get your blood circulating. Even standing up for a while will help your blood flow, as long as it’s allowed by the flight crew.
Reserving an aisle seat before your flight is the best way to ensure you can walk more frequently. If possible, stand and walk a few times every hour to prevent swelling in your feet. And be sure not to sit with your legs crossed, either.
Change Your Footwear
Wearing comfortable shoes is a must for a long flight, but you should also consider changing your socks as well. Wear low-cut socks that don’t go above your ankle or wear compression socks.
If you have a pair of slip-on shoes, use those during your flight so you can easily take them off to exercise your feet or even give yourself a quick massage.