Travel Socks a.k.a. Compression Stockings

The British love to travel, and they make it really easy.  Major airports have listings of last minute travel packages.  Just show up, pick a holiday, and off you go.  Supplemental travel and health insurance can be purchased inexpensively right at an airport kiosk.  And wearing compression socks on long haul flights is a must, not an afterthought.

The British newspaper, The Telegraph, ran a medical advice article just the other day about a woman who will be traveling from London to Tokyo and was concerned about developing a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and wanted to know what steps she could take to prevent it.  Dr. Richard Dawood, a travel health expert, recommended against aspirin because of the low, but definite risk of bleeding in the stomach.  His best and safest recommendation to prevent a DVT… wear compression stockings.  They speed up blood flow, and reduce discomfort caused by ankle and foot swelling.

Dr. Dawood consulted with his travel guru,  vascular surgeon, John Scurr, whose research studies have shown a significantly reduced rate of clot formation among air travellers using graduated compression stockings.  Dr. Scurr recommends a knee high stocking that is sized properly, and specifically mentions Mediven Travel Socks.  Both doctors also recommend standing, walking and stretching as much as you can, and keep hydrated with as little caffeine and alcohol as possible.

For high risk individuals, those who have a past history of blood clots, have had recent surgery, especially on their legs, have blood clotting disorders or are overweight, they recommend talking to their doctor before travel.   In addition to compression stockings, blood-thinning medication might also be considered.

This is probably the twentieth blog we have written with news about travel socks.  You know why?  They work!

By: Pete@BrightLife Direct

Travel Socks from the #1 Physician Recommended Brand

Jobst Travel Socks are back.  These were a customer favorite for many years, but due to production problems, were discontinued.  Jobst has just reintroduced this sock in the same great cotton blend fabric for men and women.  Features include:

  • All day comfort top-band, that keeps your stockings in place no matter how long the trip
  • Reinforced heel and toe for durability
  • Soft cotton/nylon/spandex blend fabric that feels great against the skin and keeps your feet dry and comfortable
  • Ribbed design in two colors: black and


Jobst Travel Socks

Travel socks have been proven to reduce the risk of developing a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or blood clot in the leg which can turn into a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.  They also prevent your legs and feet from swelling due to sitting in a confined space for an extended period of time.  If you have ever taken your shoes off at the beginning of a long-haul flight, you know how difficult it can be to put them back on when you land.  If you keep your shoes on, you’ve felt how tight they become. Compression travel socks will help prevent this problem.

The improved circulation also alleviates some of the aches and pains in your legs associated with sitting for a long time.

Jobst Travel Socks have a graduated compression of 15-20mmHg.  Graduated means the compression is higher at the ankle, and gradually decreases up the leg.  This is one of the ways the stocking helps your circulatory system push blood from the lower extremities back to your heart.  This level of compression is considered moderate and is the recommended level of compression for travel, assuming you don’t have any other venous issues.

If you prefer a fabric other than cotton, BrightLife Direct has a large selections of other fabrics and styles to choose from.  If your summer vacation plans include traveling for more than 3-4 hours, don’t forget to wear your travel socks.

Pete@BrightLife Direct


Does travel insurance make sense for you?

Planning an international trip is usually filled with joy and excitement.  Thoughts of dealing with a medical emergency are a real buzz kill when you’re dreaming of exotic tropical beaches.  But emergencies do happen, and if planned for in advance, can be far less disruptive and costly.

An article in The Washington Post provided a number of resources for very reasonably priced comprehensive travel insurance.  Plans are available for a set annual fee, or percentage of the trip cost.  They will reimburse you for prepaid travel costs if you miss your cruise because of a flight delay, or have to stay home to care for a sick relative.  Break your ankle walking the cobblestone streets of ancient Rome… you’re covered.  Basic insurance plans that only cover medical expenses, or just trip cancellation are also available.

So when you’re planning that next big trip, don’t forget the travel insurance and don’t forget your travel socks.  They’re like insurance for your legs, protecting against DVT’s (deep vein thrombosis).

BrightLife Direct is not in the travel insurance business, and is providing this information because we thought it was valuable.

Pete@BrightLife Direct

Anyone Can Get A DVT

Being young, active, and in great shape is no guarantee. We are very happy to learn that Serena Williams is well and recuperating quickly at home in Los Angeles after surgery to remove a blood clot from her lung.

Williams needed emergency treatment due to complications from a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung).  This condition began as a clot in her leg, known as a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), resulting from recent foot surgery.  A piece of the clot broke free, traveled to her lungs, creating a pulmonary embolism.  Up to 2 million Americans develop a DVT each year, and pulmonary embolisms affect at least 100,000.

Despite the anti-coagulant medication one receives going into surgery there is still risk of developing blood clots in the legs which can travel to the lungs.  That is why most patients are put into anti-embolism stockings as they recuperate in the hospital.

CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton suggests if you have had recent surgery and you know you are going on long travel there are things you should do for prevention.  You want to get up every hour when you’re not sleeping, move your feet, stretch your legs, do a little bit of exercise. Keep yourself well-hydrated. And there are certain compression stockings that you can get, either knee-high or full-length stockings that I suggest to all my patients who take a long flight wear.

Pete@BrightLife Direct

Blood Clots and Thrombosis

For our customers with blood clots or Thrombosis

We have been introduced to a great organization and web site that you should know about.  The National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia is a patient-led advocacy organization that includes many of the nation’s foremost experts on blood clots and blood clotting disorders.  The web site contains news and article as well as patient stories about living with blood clots.  We found this web site noteworthy because even though most of the content is written by medical professionals, its intended audience is patients like yourselves.

The National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia web site is:

Pete@BrightLife Direct