Q&A: Is it OK to wear compression hose with RA?


Q: I have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Is it ok to wear compression socks? I have RA and will be going on a 12-hour plane trip. It is not severe and I do not take medication except for aspirin occasionally. I cannot sit in one position for very long without pain and stiffness. Will compression socks/stockings help?

A: They certainly will not hurt and will lower the incidence of blood clots on a long flight whether you have venous disease or not.