Heavy leg syndrome

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According to aquaflexcone.com, heavy leg syndrome is a relatively common condition, with about 50 per cent of women suffering from it. Heavy leg syndrome can be prevented and treated by a doctor, if necessary.

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The Facts

Heavy leg syndrome is a term that describes a general heavy feeling in your legs. This condition can afflict anyone, regardless of their activity level. Heavy leg syndrome is often a temporary condition. In some cases, however, this condition is recurrent and requires medical attention.

Causes

Heavy leg syndrome is caused by a lack of blood circulation caused by standing or sitting in one position for a long time and a lack of physical workouts. You are more prone to heavy leg syndrome if you are pregnant or obese, as the extra body weight associated with these conditions causes disruptions in the blood flow in your legs. Heavy leg syndrome is also associated with fatigued calves in athletes. When you do standing workouts, the blood circulation is disrupted in your legs, resulting in a lack of new blood flowing to the calf muscles.

Symptoms

If you have heavy leg syndrome, your legs constantly feel swollen, tired and achy, especially after exercising. In some cases, simply resting your legs will not make this condition disappear entirely. Heavy leg syndrome symptoms that persist may require lifestyle changes.

Prevention/Solution

Massage your legs to help stimulate proper blood flow. If your job requires you to stand on your feet for hours at a time, such as a retail job, sit and elevate your feet when you take breaks as well as when you get off of work. This will help the blood flow back up through your legs. If you work at a desk job, take short walking breaks whenever possible to encourage leg circulation. Pregnant women should sit and elevate their feet if their legs start to swell. If you are obese, losing weight will improve your heavy leg syndrome over time.

CVI

Heavy legs are also a symptom of a disease called chronic veinous insufficency (CVI) in which the blood vessels in your legs dilate and make your legs swell. As a result, your legs feel heavy and tired. CVI can be a temporary condition caused by pregnancy and menstruation, but is more often caused by obesity, birth control pills and consistently standing for long periods. CVI worsens over time without treatment. Medical treatment involves the administration of hesperidin and micronised diosmin, according to the Predex website. Wear stockings and massage your legs for temporary relief.

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