Are your legs feeling heavy, more than a sack of veggies? Do you find yourself struggling to muster up the energy to do anything beyond sitting on the couch? Well, before you conclude anything, consider this: you may be dealing with varicose veins.
Yes, those drab, bulging veins that force you to want to wear pants all the time may also be the culprit behind your heavy, sluggish legs. But hey, do not worry; we have some tips and tricks to help you get back on your feet and feel light as a feather in no time.
The Phenomenon Behind Your Legs Feeling Heavy
Usually, the main cause of this condition is poor blood circulation. Such problems generally take place in the lower area of your body, especially your legs. The reason behind it is that your lower body has to fight against gravity pull to transfer the blood back up to your heart.
So, if you have weak circulation power, then blood may end up accumulating in your legs and feet, resulting in heaviness.
Reasons For Heavy Legs
You experience the sensation that your legs are weighty because of venous insufficiency. Legs getting heavy are brought on by damaged veins which prevent blood from returning to the heart. The excess blood in your legs prevents normal circulation, resulting in your legs swelling and making you feel heavy.
It can cause varicose veins or even other vein illnesses if left untreated. A sedentary lifestyle, hormones, obesity, genes, age, vitamin deficiencies, and a lack of physical exercise are a few common causes of vein issues. Although the condition has already started, there are still varicose and spider vein treatment choices.
How to Improve Blood Circulation In Legs
Improving the blood flow to your legs can help in the long run in easing the symptoms of early CVI.
Raise Your Legs
Place your legs on pillows and take a seat in a chair or on the sofa with them elevated above your heart. To relieve strain on the valves in the leg veins, perform this exercise for 30 minutes several times every day.
Stretch Your Feet Muscles
Put your feet up on the sofa or a footstool while you watch TV at night and perform “foot pump” (plantar flexion) exercises: Pointing your toes both towards and away from you, flexing your ankles up and down. As a result, the calf muscles tighten, pumping blood from the legs to the heart.
Add some exercise to Your Routine.
Leg vein blood flow is boosted by exercise. For instance, every time you move, the calf muscles squeeze the leg veins, supporting the return of blood to the heart. Even small treks are beneficial for this purpose.
Shed Some Pounds
Excess weight adds pressure to the legs, making them feel heavy to move.
Wear compression Stockings
Leg discomfort and swelling may be lessened, and CVI can advance slower with the aid of compression socks and stockings. Ask your doctor what strength you require
Inflatable compression sleeves may be prescribed by your doctor if compression clothing is insufficient or you find it uncomfortable. They are placed on your lower thighs and periodically squeezed to increase blood flow.
We offer treatments for varicose veins at Epic Heart and Vascular Center located at 17070 Red Oak Dr # 405, Houston, TX 77090, in the Texas Medical Arts Tower, opposite Abiding Word Lutheran Church. You can also give us a call at Houston: (832) 432-1951 or Willowbrook: (832) 432-1951