Travelling with injured toe

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Old Dec 20, 17, 6:11 am
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Travelling with injured toe

Looking for some advice.
I'm getting a long haul flight tomorrow (14 hours) and just some minor surgery on an infected toenail. It's quite painful at the moment but I can walk on it.
My feet often swell on long haul flights. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
Does anyone have any other tips to find some comfort on this flight?
Many thanks in advance for any advice given.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 8:01 am
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Show up early to the airport and see if the Check-in agent will take pity on you and give you a seat with good legroom so you can stretch out & avoid having your foot hit by others.
What airline are you traveling on? Do they have a premium economy section, assuming you're traveling in economy, or an extra legroom section that can be purchased at a reasonable rate?

Speak with your doctor to find out if taking an NSAID (Ibuprofen/naproxen/aspirin) before and during the flight to make sure it's appropriate for with any medications you're on and/or your current situation. NSAIDs reduce inflammation and can also thin blood which can help with the swelling but aren't appropriate for everyone in every situation.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 8:28 am
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Speak with your physician regarding long-haul air travel. If you are experiencing swelling at ground level, the results at high altitude can present a significant medical risk.

If you are cleared, be careful about what you say to any air carrier employee. Especially for long-haul, they are trained to seek medical assurances ---- usually through their own in-house or contracted medical service ---- that you are "fit to fly." A medical diversion on a long-haul flight may be dangerous or not possible.
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Bring along a small empty ziplock baggie. Once underway ask the FA nicely if you could have a cup of ice as you have a sore spot on your toe. Dump the ice into the baggie then you can ice it up for a bit. Repeat periodically during flight.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 11:03 am
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Bring along a small empty ziplock baggie. Once underway ask the FA nicely if you could have a cup of ice as you have a sore spot on your toe. Dump the ice into the baggie then you can ice it up for a bit. Repeat periodically during flight.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 3:03 pm
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If you haven't already, invest in some shoes with an extra wide toe box. I broke a toe shortly before a trip to Morocco, and was so happy to have invested in a pair of clogs. Even just walking through the airport can involve significant distances, so a good pair of comfortable walking shoes is essential.
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For the swelling, consider wearing compression stockings. Also, drink plenty of non-carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages. Get up and walk around frequently. Do not cross your legs.
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Old Dec 20, 17, 3:16 pm
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Here's another piece of medical advice.

Don't take medical advice from people who may or may not be docs., but are posting on an anonymous internet social media site !
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Old Dec 20, 17, 5:54 pm
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Originally Posted by madeleinesmith455 View Post
Looking for some advice.
I'm getting a long haul flight tomorrow (14 hours) and just some minor surgery on an infected toenail. It's quite painful at the moment but I can walk on it.
My feet often swell on long haul flights. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?
Does anyone have any other tips to find some comfort on this flight?
Many thanks in advance for any advice given.
Ask the treating doctor...
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Old Dec 21, 17, 11:53 pm
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Welcome to Flyertalk @madeleinesmith455. Sorry to hear about your condition.

For further guidance, we're moving your thread to another forum.

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