Heavy legs: symptoms, causes and its contributing factors

The feeling of heaviness of the legs is related to poor circulation of blood in the veins. It is sometimes accompanied by cramps, tingling or swelling. Eventually, this condition may progress to the formation of varicose veins.

Leg heaviness is when the lower limbs appear heavy, tense and particularly sensitive to fatigue. These sensations mainly concern the calves. They tend to increase:

As the day progresses;
hot weather
If you stand for a long period of time (especially if you don’t walk or trample)
in the days leading up to the onset of menstruation in women.
Conversely, people involved experience less discomfort while walking, lying down or when it is cold.

This heaviness of the legs can be accompanied by cramps or a need to scratch the legs (pruritus), especially the lower calves. Those affected may also have:

These are unpleasant sensations such as tingling, numbness, tingling or burning that can lead to a feeling of pain in the legs. They appear after prolonged immobilization and force the person to walk to calm them down.
These are tissue swellings that occur at the end of the day, and are amplified by heat. They develop mainly at the ankle but also above the foot, which can then appear tense. These symptoms usually disappear after a night’s rest.
These are networks of small dilated red vessels, visible on the skin of the legs. Thin as hair, they sometimes take on a star-studded shape. When pressed, their redness subsides. They can be accompanied by small visible veins, less than 3 millimeters in diameter.

This phenomenon is caused by stagnation of venous circulation, or venous insufficiency. This dysfunction can itself slow down the circulation of the lymph. In this case, it is called venous-lymphatic insufficiency.

The feeling of heavy legs represents the very beginning of chronic venous disease. If it evolves, it can manifest itself in:

leg varicose veins
permanent edema (foot, ankle, leg)
significant skin disorders such as pigmented brown areas, eczema or an ulcer (persistent plyness) of the leg.

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