Daniel L. Reminga, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
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By Daniel Reminga
March 05, 2012
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“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”– Lao Tzu

You may be planning a trip soon. Maybe you’re going somewhere warm and sunny, maybe you’re traveling for business, or just maybe… you’ll be sitting in a car for hours on your way to grandma’s house.

Whatever your travel plans, Dr. Reminga at Northern Foot Care Center, wants you to be aware of some important travel tips for your feet. During travel, while sitting for hours, swelling of the feet is common. Sitting can put pressure on the veins in your legs. This pressure can inhibit your legs ability to allow blood to flow back to the heart effectively. This causes more blood than usual to remain in those veins instead of swiftly returning to the heart. Another result is that prolonged sitting can also cause some fluid to leave the blood and enter the surrounding tissue. Dr. Reminga offers some tips to relieve swelling while traveling:

·         Wear loose fitting clothing.

·         Take a short walk every hour or so. Walking causes the veins to constrict which forces the blood back to the heart.

·         Elevate the legs and feet, if you are unable to elevate your legs, flex and extend your ankles and knees frequently while you're seated.

·         Stretching out the calves can also be helpful. Calf stretches should be done every half hour.

·         Shift your position in your seat as much as possible, being careful to avoid crossing your legs.

·         Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration especially during flights or in warm weather. Dehydration can be a contributing factor to deep vein thrombosis.

·         Avoid alcohol and sedatives, which could make you too sleepy to walk around the cabin.

Swelling of the legs or edema is usually harmless, however, it can be a sign of a blood clot in the leg (deep vein thrombosis). When swelling is considered “normal” it should subside after several hours of regular activity. If you notice that the swelling does not go down after you resume normal activity, medical attention should be sought immediately. This is important to rule out deep vein thrombosis. If the legs are painful or if the swelling is occurring in one leg, a trip to the emergency room or a call to emergency services is recommended immediately by Dr. Reminga. “These are not normal signs of swelling and may indicate a deep vein thrombosis”, says Dr. Reminga.

Dr. Daniel Reminga at Northern Foot Care Center also stresses, “If you are a patient that has an increased risk of blood clots, because you recently underwent surgery or you take medications that put you at risk, you may need to wear compression stocking during your flight. In some cases blood-thinning medications are prescribed to be taken before your flight departure.”

Dr. Daniel Reminga and his staff want you to have a safe and enjoyable trip. Please feel free to contact our office at 482-9950 to schedule your consultation. Your feet deserve special care! We’re here to provide you with the best possible care at Northern Foot Care Center.

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