So why do feet swell when you fly? – I’m afraid this is another of those wonderful age related phenomenon that is not just a hazard of flying as many of you know!
Feet can swell for a number of reasons, excess weight, poor circulation, pregnancy, bone or joint injury, medication related or, as often as in the case of flying, from prolonged sitting in one position.
Swollen legs whilst flying, is very common and should not for the main part be serious. It occurs from inactivity; sitting for long periods with little movement causing the blood to pool in the lower legs and veins and the associated fluid in the blood leaving the veins and entering the soft tissues of the lower legs, feet and ankles’.
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