From an Experienced Traveller
Travelling from Australia to see my family in Yorkshire, England, is a long way. The excitement of seeing them all again is clouded by what state my feet and legs will be in after 26 hours flying. My past track record has been painful swelling, making it hard to get my shoes on, and a history of deep vein thrombosis.
So imagine my delight when, this year, I skipped off the plane and out of the airport with the bounce of a teenager. I’m in my late 60’s so maybe I’m exaggerating the teenage bit, but hey – I felt good and my feet and legs matched the feeling.
What made the difference? A little gadget that I purchased for $29.90 called an Aircycle. It fits easily into a pocket or handbag and, when inflated, sits on the floor beneath your feet. In the past I have kept my shoes on, which can make you feel uncomfortable and sweaty over a long period of time. With this gadget, I took my shoes off during the flying time and placed my stockinged feet on the Aircycle. It has a nice feeling of cosy comfort, in fact my feet felt quite spoilt.
I did the exercises gently from time to time throughout the flight whilst seated – the Aircycle acts as a reminder to do them, only adding a few toe wiggles when I got up and walked to the toilet.
I’m so thrilled with the result I want to tell every long distance traveller about the Aircycle. It really worked for me and if you have had a past experience of swollen feet or legs, I’m sure it will be helpful for you too.