Bikers warned of DVT risk

Published: 04 July 2007

Half of all UK motorcyclists risk leg problems and in worst cases deep vein thrombosis due to riding long distances without rest breaks, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).  

Up to 600,000 motorcyclists could be at risk of problems such as varicose veins and other vein diseases due to spending long periods without moving their lower legs, the IAM said.

Peter Rodger, the IAM’s chief examiner, said motorcyclists should wear compression socks available from chemists to reduce the risk.

He said: “Wearing a leg support underneath the leathers can avoid long-term circulation problems such as deep vein thrombosis.”

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of blood clots in deep veins, often in the lower leg. It can lead to complications ranging from swelling and pain to, in rare cases, death. The condition is more commonly linked to long-haul flights.

Ellie, chair of a leg charity called the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation, said: “Motorcyclists must be aware of the signs that venous blood flow is being impaired by the riding position and riding gear.” She these included red patches and “skin depression” between the knee and ankle. 

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