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Leg Fatigue and Heaviness

As we go about our daily activities, we often stress the leg muscles and ligaments. This often leads to leg fatigue or heaviness. This condition can also occur when blood flow is interrupted in the legs. You will experience swelling, heaviness, and general discomfort. Eventually, it will get to the point that walking becomes very tough.

What is Leg Fatigue or Heaviness?

Leg fatigue or heaviness is described as legs which feel tired, weighted, and stiff. The patient feels as if his or her legs are hard to lift or move forward. It will feel like you are dragging around a bag of flour of about 5 pounds.

Causes of Leg Fatigue or Heaviness

Leg fatigue or heaviness can be caused by various conditions. They include:

  • Varicose veins: The leg veins become enlarged.

  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD): Buildup of fat deposits in the artery walls, thus, causing inadequate circulation of blood in the legs.

  • Overtraining syndrome: Excess training or physical activities to improve performance. The body will have less time to recover, thus, causing heavy legs.

  • Narrowing of the spinal column: This causes pain that affects the lower back and legs.

  • Restless leg

  • Smoking and drinking

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Symptoms of Leg Fatigue or Heaviness

Some of the symptoms of heavy or fatigue legs include:

  • Swelling

  • Soreness

  • Bumps in the leg

  • Leg becomes pale or bluish


Some treatment procedures that can help relieve the leg pains and achiness you are experiencing include:

Proper Rest: Take time to rest and take some days off overtraining or intense exercise.

Elevate Your Legs: Raise your legs about six to twelve inches above your heart level. This enables the pooled blood in your legs to drain out and flow to other parts of the body. You can also massage your legs.

Wear Compression Stockings: Putting on compression socks will help promote the flow of blood.

Lose Excess Weight: Obesity or buildup of fatty deposits in the leg arteries can block blood flow. Consider shedding some of your excess weight.

Regular Exercise: Performing exercise regularly can help control your weight, lower your cholesterol level, and improve the circulation of blood.

Stop Smoking or Drinking: Smoking or taking alcohol is known to bring about various conditions that cause heavy legs. Consider stopping these bad habits.


Within a few days, you will feel relieved from the leg pains. The swelling, heaviness, and general discomfort will disappear gradually.


You will be able to walk around without feeling any heaviness, tiredness, or stiffness in your legs.

Get Your Leg Fatigue or Heaviness Diagnosed at Texas Vein Health

For your leg fatigue diagnosis, turn to us today at Texas Vein Health. Our treatment procedures are affordable, reliable, and very effective. Dr. Vijay S. Ramanath will diagnose your condition and create a personalized treatment plan for you.

Give us a call today on (972) 378-9560 to schedule an appointment. Our experts will be available to speak with you and discuss your treatment options. An amazing experience awaits you.

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