Tired Leg Syndrome
The Symptoms and Causes of Tired Leg Syndrome
If you have noticed that the muscles in your les seem to be tiring much too easily these days, then you may be suffering from tired leg syndrome. This condition is one in which the legs feel heavy and difficult to move on a regular basis. No matter what is done, the legs never feel completely revived. Tired leg syndrome can develop on its own over time or can be a side effect of another more serious condition. We are going to talk about the symptoms of this condition as well as the causes and treatment options available.
The symptoms of tired leg syndrome can be a little difficult to pin-point as they can often overlap with other disorders. The early stages of this disorder usually include cramping or achiness in the legs and buttocks. This begins to occur when the lower body has been physically active, and is often alleviated with rest. However, the tiredness and aching soon returns with or without physical activity. The feet and/or legs may tingle or fall asleep easily and cramping can occur even while the legs are inactive. As the condition worsens, the legs, ankles, and feet can become swollen and appear to have an overly pink-ish tint to them. They may also feel heavy or weighed down due to blood pooling within the legs.
One of the main causes behind tired leg syndrome is a circulatory issue. There are several conditions which can cause the circulatory vessels within the legs to work improperly. In most cases blood is able to be pumped down to the legs, but the resistance that gravity produces makes it difficult for the blood to be returned to other parts of the body. This is the main reason behind swelling, redness, and the sensation of heaviness that the legs produce.
The best way to alleviate tired leg syndrome due to a circulatory issue is to participate in simple exercises such as walking and bicycling which encourage blood flow. Avoiding long period of sitting or standing, as well as smoking cigarettes can help to improve one’s circulation. Elevating the legs while lying down provides a temporary relief in helping the blood return to the rest of the body. Other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol can contribute to the occurrence of tired leg syndrome and should be treated accordingly in order to alleviate symptoms. Pregnant women are also at higher risk of circulation issues in the lower body due to increased blood pressure and hormonal fluctuations. Usually the symptoms of this syndrome disappear soon after giving birth, especially so if exercise and a healthy diet are maintained.
Structural issues can contribute to tired leg syndrome as well. For instance, wearing shoes that do not fit properly or which do not provide the proper support can hinder the effectiveness of the nervous and circulatory systems. Spending too much time walking or standing on harsh, un-cushioned flooring such as concrete or tile can also contribute to this syndrome. Nerve damage due to diabetes or injury is yet another possibility when it comes to tired legs. Unfortunately, nerve damage cannot be reversed entirely. Treatments for nerve damage generally include easing the symptoms and preventing further nerve damage from occurring, if possible.
There are, of course, many other causes of the tired leg disorder. If your legs are experiencing symptoms that interfere with the quality of your everyday life, you may want to consider consulting your doctor for an evaluation. There could be a serious underlying issue causing your symptoms and if this is the case, the underlying condition itself needs to be treated.