Posted on August 19th, 2022 by Texas Vein & Wellness Institute
Restless leg syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, causes an uncomfortable need to move your legs. This urge is due to a throbbing, aching, itching or crawling feeling and is often uncontrollable.
RLS most often flares at night or when sitting for an extended period. Individuals with this syndrome often have to move and shake their legs or walk around to help control the sensation.
One common cause of restless leg syndrome is vein disease. The legs have a deep and superficial venous system, leading to venous insufficiency that is superficial, deep or a combination of the two.
Venous insufficiency happens when a valve becomes weak. When the leg veins do not close and work as they should, blood can leak back and pool in the lower legs. The resulting pressure causes the veins to stretch, which may impact the nerves.
Overactive nerves can lead to tingling, causing the sensation of wanting to move the legs.
Treating vein disease can help resolve the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. For minor cases, compression stockings can help add pressure to the lower legs, which helps to reduce discomfort and keep the blood flowing.
Treatment options that can help relieve RLS symptoms include:
Here at Texas Vein & Wellness Institute, our providers can treat your restless leg syndrome. We specialize in both varicose and spider veins and offer several treatments designed to help you find relief.
No matter what your needs are, our goal is to diagnose and treat your vein disease compassionately. Are you interested in learning more about how we can help? Give us a call at 281-888-1464 or request a consultation online.
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