Leg fatigue can make everyday activities seem much harder than usual. The tired, heavy feeling you experience in your lower extremities is a common complaint of those who suffer from chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Leg fatigue often feels worse after sitting or standing in one place for too long, when low-oxygen blood pools and creates a toxic environment high in lactic acid and end-metabolites. With water accumulating between the cells of the soft tissues and the lack of nutrient-rich blood, legs swell and the muscles tire more easily.
When leg fatigue is caused by CVI, it can be accompanied by leg pain and swelling.
Who Is at Risk?
Women over the age of 50 and individuals who spend a large part of their day standing—EMS workers, teachers, and retail and foodservice employees—are most at risk for developing CVI. Additional risk factors include pregnancy, obesity, a family history, and living a sedentary lifestyle.
How Do You Treat Leg Fatigue?
Leg pain can cause you to experience uncomfortable days and nights. To get lasting relief, it is necessary to treat the underlying vein disease, CVI, that is causing your symptoms. We offer several minimally invasive outpatient procedures that are highly-effective in treating CVI and its associated symptoms.
- Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy
- Ambulatory phlebectomy
- Endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
For immediate relief, we recommend the following measures to help alleviate some of your leg fatigue.
- Elevate your legs for 15 to 30 minutes several times a day
- Wear compression stockings to encourage blood flow and prevent pooling
You don’t have to live with tired legs. Vein Wellness Clinic can help. Reach out today to discuss the best treatment options for you.