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Travel Health

Socks as Medicine

Compression stockings are popular for their numerous health benefits, particularly in improving leg circulation and preventing various leg-related issues, including blood clots. These specially designed stockings offer a range of advantages that cater to individuals of all ages and lifestyles.

Key Benefits of Compression Stockings:

  • Enhanced Blood Flow: Compression stockings help promote blood circulation in the legs by applying pressure that gradually decreases from the ankle to the thigh, preventing blood from pooling and reducing the risk of blood clots.
  • Alleviation of Leg Pain: For those suffering from leg pain, swelling, or varicose veins, compression stockings provide relief by reducing discomfort and helping with better mobility.
  • Prevention of DVT: Wearing compression stockings during long flights or periods of immobility can significantly lower the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a condition associated with the formation of blood clots in deep veins.
  • Athletic Performance: Athletes are increasingly turning to compression stockings to enhance performance and recovery by reducing muscle fatigue and the risk of injury. These stockings help to support the muscles during physical activities, resulting in improved endurance and reduced muscle soreness.

Some extended health insurance plans include a yearly allowance for compression stockings which can mitigate their cost (think of them as medicine rather than socks). Speak to the Live Well team at Pharmasave Summerland about how you can benefit from wearing compression stockings.

Dan Cassidy – Certified Compression Stocking Fitter

Everyone wants their travel experiences to be life-changing—in a good way. Before you leave on a trip, it’s important to plan ahead so that you can relax and enjoy yourself while away. Your Pharmasave pharmacist can provide advice about travel essentials to help you stay healthy and happy while away from home, including:

  • Vaccination and medication recommendations to prevent and treat travel-related illness
  • Providing personalized advice on how to travel with your medications and/or medical devices
  • Ensuring you have enough prescription medication in case of unexpected travel delays
  • Online access to prescription information with an eCare@Pharmasave account
  • Recommendations for specific health concerns while travelling such as pregnancy, diabetes and heart disease
  • Suggesting travel products and what to take in a first aid kit
  • Providing advice about compression stockings for travelling for long periods

Travel vaccines vary by destination and some must be given 4 to 6 weeks before travel to be effective. Plan ahead and speak with your Pharmasave pharmacist about your upcoming travel needs.