Q: Which type of compression stocking should be worn for travel and by someone who has postural tachycardia syndrome? I am taking a long haul flight that is about 15 hours. I have postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and would like to wear a comfortable and effective compression stocking on the flight. Should I opt for knee-high, thigh-high, or panty hose? Also, what grade?
A: 15-20 mm Hg stockings should suffice, and the knee-highs are all that is required. Just get up and move about during the flight every 30 minutes and exercise your calf muscles at your seat every now and then.