Heavy Leg Symptoms

Heavy Leg Symptoms

Your legs are an essential to your quality of life. They move you through your day and take you where you want to go. It’s natural to want to maintain their health and appearance. Most people think that varicose veins only pose an aesthetic problem. When they pop to the surface of the skin, you may initially feel self conscious, but it’s important to take note of additional symptoms that accompany their arrival. A feeling of heaviness in your legs is one such symptom. This may make you feel like your legs weigh substantially more and make moving feel difficult and exhausting.

At Advanced Vein Therapy in Boise, our vein professionals can help your regain your leg health. We offer a suite of treatments in our Boise office that are designed to address varicose and spider veins so that you can return to your regular activity level and get back to enjoying life again.

Why your legs may feel heavy from varicose veins

Most people have a lifestyle includes a lot of standing. We run from one activity to the next and many jobs require spending long periods of time on your feet. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on veins, and over time the vein walls weaken and their valves begin to malfunction. When a vein’s valves stop working correctly, the flow of blood backlogs and pools causing it to bulge outward through the skin. This can have a domino effect and nearby veins may also weaken. A dull, aching sensation that’s exacerbated by standing and changing positions often results. Additionally, you may find that as you change positions or move, your legs feel sluggish and heavy. This is caused by oxygen depletion within your legs and in some cases swelling accompanies varicose veins, and the excess of fluid increases this sensation.

Treating varicose veins for a better life

It becomes difficult remain physically active when your legs feel heavy and painful. Additionally, when your legs are slowing you down you may lose the motivation to exercise, walk and do all the other physical activities you used to enjoy. Decreased activity can also lead to weight gain, which worsens varicose veins. The ripple effect caused by varicose veins can negatively affect your health and derail your health-related goals. There is no reason to delay treatment and every reason to your condition before it disrupts your life. Don’t let your hobbies and interests fall by the wayside because of leg pain and discomfort. At Advanced Vein therapy in Boise, our vein specialists want to help you regain your strong, healthy legs so that you can be active again. 

How to reduce heavy leg symptoms

There are ways to reduce the symptoms of varicose-related pain and heavy legs. While genetics play a big part in developing varicose veins, your lifestyle also plays a part. Varicose vein prevention includes taking measures like engaging in frequent exercise, having a healthy diet high in fiber and low in salt, avoiding high heels, using compression stockings, and avoiding long periods of sitting or standing. For chronic pain involving existing varicose veins, here are few things that you can do at home to ease the discomfort:

  • Compression stockings: Uniform pressure all over the leg can stop the progress of the condition.
  • Active movement: Get up and move! Even if you don’t feel like it, walk and stretch your legs often. If you work at a desk job, take breaks to stretch and move around.
  • Massage: Rubbing the affected areas with a mild oil such as olive oil is said to have great relief of the aching and discomfort of varicose veins.

While these and other remedies will not remove varicose veins, they can aid in comfort until your appointment with one of our Boise vein specialists.

Varicose vein care in Boise you can trust

At Advanced Vein Therapy in Boise, we provide professional and compassionate vein treatments. Our experienced, friendly specialists have a comfortable, easy going bedside manner that will make you feel at ease and relaxed. We are 100% committed to helping you regain your health and confidence. Don’t wait any longer call us today and take your first step toward feeling great again!