3 Wearing Compression Socks While Flying - FITS®

January 17, 2018

Each day, about 2.5 million people use airplanes to reach distant destinations. For most travelers, that means spending several hours in a cramped airline seat with little room to move. The next time you need to fly, make sure you wear a pair of compression socks. They will help you stay more comfortable and avoid health problems.

Compression Socks Can Prevent Blood Clots

Anyone who sits in a stationary position for four hours or longer has an increased risk of developing blood clots, called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). DVT usually happens when a blood clot forms in a leg vein. When you count the amount of time spent waiting for your flight, most air travel takes at least four hours.

DVT can cause several symptoms, including swelling, skin discoloration and pain. Putting on a pair of compression socks will improve your circulation and help you avoid those symptoms.

More importantly, wearing compression socks will lower the risk that you get a blood clot that breaks free and travels to your lungs. This condition, which is called a pulmonary embolism, can kill you. In this case, compression socks are literally lifesavers.

Compression Socks Help Prevent Your Legs From Swelling

Even if sitting still for several hours doesn't cause DVT, you may still experience uncomfortable swelling in your legs. The swelling happens because blood accumulates in your legs and feet instead of circulating evenly through your body.

Since compression socks use pressure to squeeze your legs, they can prevent your veins from getting larger during your flight. The better your blood circulates, the less likely it is that your legs will swell.

You'll Have More Energy After Your Flight

Poor blood circulation is one of the reasons that people often feel tired after long flights. When your blood doesn't circulate well, energy and nutrients don't get delivered to all of your cells.

Wearing compression socks improves your circulation, so you should have more energy when you reach your destination. Instead of feeling groggy and fatigued, you'll have enough pep to enjoy your vacation or get to work.

You can find a variety of compression socks at the FITS website. FITS offers compression socks for men and compression socks for women in a range of colors and materials, including nylon and wool.




Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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