of the ankles and feet when travelling long distances is very common. The
condition reverses by itself and is typically harmless. Normally, contractions
of the leg muscles during movement aids in driving venous blood to return to
periods of immobility, as it happens during long journeys with your legs on the
floor, blood pools in the leg veins. Part of the pooled blood also passes into
the surrounding soft tissues of the lower legs, and results in swelling.
When should we seek medical attention?
only for a short time is not a serious problem. The swelling usually resolves
once you resume activity. In some cases, the swelling of the leg may be
associated with serious conditions. The following may be a warning sign of such
The swelling does not resolve even several hours after resuming
The swelling is limited to a single leg.
The swelling is associated with pain
If you feel tired or suffer from breathlessness (the swelling may be
due to anaemia
How to relieve the leg swelling?
Wear loose-fitting clothing during travel
Move your ankles
around; move your
ankles and knees upwards and downwards frequently during long periods of
Take short walks
Avoid sitting with crossed legs;
keep shifting your position in your seat whenever possible.
Drink plenty of fluids to ensure
Supportive stockings (compression stockings) are
recommended by doctors to people at increased risk of conditions like deep vein thrombosis
(DVT). DVT may occur in people like those who had a recent major surgery
or who are taking certain medications such as birth control pills