Suffering from heavy, tired legs? Here’s why and the best treatment for quick and long-lasting relief.
At some point, most people will experience the achy, stiff and heavy sensation of tired legs. It’s no wonder. Our legs take thousands of steps daily and our feet absorb more than 600 metric tons of force over a lifetime. If you work in a career field where you remain on your feet for long periods of time, or are taking part in heavy exercise, you’re even more likely to suffer from heavy, tired legs. One thing’s for sure, tired legs are difficult to ignore. The severity of the condition can range from annoying and uncomfortable to throbbing and even painful.
What causes heavy, tired legs? And what’s the best tired legs treatment? Keep reading to learn the top reasons you could be suffering from tired legs and the best tired leg treatment to use when you’re not exactly sure where the discomfort is coming from.
Causes of heavy, tired legs
In most situations, heavy, tired legs are the result of prolonged tension, which leads to fatigue. Overuse, whether training too hard or just simply standing for extended periods of time each day, contributes to that undeniable sore, weighted feeling in the legs. However, underusing your legs (or lack of physical activity in general) can also cause discomfort and lead to painful cramping. But sometimes it’s not that simple and a combination of other factors can lead to the condition.
Here are some of those factors:
Tired legs are often related to blood circulation issues. Poor circulation has the biggest impact on the legs since it is harder for the blood to flow upwards from the feet to the heart. This can cause blood to collect in the legs which can produce a tired and heavy sensation. This is why people with underlying conditions that cause poor circulation, such as diabetes, often suffer from swollen, tired legs and ankles at the end of the day.
Another cause of tired, heavy legs related to poor circulation is varicose veins. This fairly common condition (about 30% of the population is affected) occurs when small, superficial veins lose their elasticity and start to pool blood, resulting in enlarged, twisted, knotty veins that protrude from the skin. While usually benign, even less serious varicose vein cases may still result in leg tenderness, heaviness and pain after walking or standing.
Other Underlying Medical Conditions
Low levels of potassium in the blood, often caused by other conditions or prescription medications, can cause tired, heavy legs. Pregnancy and obesity may exacerbate the issue, as well. In serious cases, tired legs can be a sign of multiple sclerosis, a condition which impacts the nerves.
Heavy Tired Legs Treatment
Tired, heavy legs can usually be treated at home with a focus on reducing the symptoms. If your job has you frequently stand in a fixed position for extended periods of time, try to switch your position frequently. Losing weight and leading a more active lifestyle with regular exercise will also help to relieve tired leg symptoms. If you often suffer from leg discomfort caused by swelling, reducing sodium intake may combat water retention, leading to pain in the legs.
Heavy, tired leg treatments that promote blood flow are often very effective at providing tired leg relief. Quitting smoking, elevating the legs and wearing compression socks - all promote blood flow in the legs, reducing tired leg symptoms. Unfortunately, many of these treatments require lifestyle changes which can be difficult or impossible to implement and often take time to see effective results.
For fast, easy relief of heavy, tired legs, try the Footlogix® Tired Leg Formula. This unique mousse-based product is specifically formulated for preventative care and treatment of tired, heavy legs and promotes healing and better circulation. Formulated with Dermal Infusion Technology®, a Footlogix® patented technology, which helps deliver ingredients deeply into the skin, this formula contains Witch Hazel, which has vasoactive and anti-inflammatory properties. Witch Hazel is also used for treatment of bruising, swelling and the prevention of varicose veins. This exceptional tired leg treatment also contains Horse Chestnut to effectively strengthen capillary walls and reduce edema following trauma and Urea to lock in moisture.
The Footlogix® Tired Leg Formula is recommended for:
People who are in careers tending to sit or stand for long periods of time: hairdressers, travel industry workers, cashiers
Relief after a workout
For anyone wearing compression hose
People with varicose veins
Diabetic skin with poor circulation
To use, simply massage the Footlogix® Tired Leg Formula into legs twice daily or as needed. It leaves no greasy residue and does not break down the fiber in compression hose.
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