Do your legs feel heavy, achy, tired? Are your feet and ankles swollen? Do you experience these symptoms mostly in the evenings, after sitting or standing all day? Do these symptoms get worse during summer at high temperatures? Any feeling of discomfort in your legs can be an early sign of a developing venous disorder. Compression wear can help to relieve these symptoms and to slow down progression of the disease.
Heavy legs are characterized by a feeling of discomfort and/or pain in your legs. Your legs may ache and/or feel tired. These symptoms occur especially when you are sitting or standing for prolonged hours, for instance, at work. This applies to all kind of professions in which mobility is restricted, e.g. in an office, as a bus driver, etc. or when you have to stand for several hours a day, e.g. as a hairdresser, surgeon, nurse, or any other service professional.
Discomfort caused by heavy and/or swollen legs means that the venous return in your veins is somehow compromised. The calf muscle pump system that supports the blood transport from the feet towards your heart might not have been activated enough while you had to stand or sit in the same position for extended periods.
These symptoms might also be a sign of early venous disorder. Venous disorder is a disease that is caused by unproperly closing vein valves and blood pooling in the veins.
In most cases, the symptoms disappear when you elevate your legs or after a good night’s sleep.
Sigvaris compression wear might help you during the day to avoid uncomfortable, heavy legs, particularly if you are traveling long distances or if you are working for a prolonged duration in a sitting or standing position.
The elastic material of the compression stocking, with stronger compression at the ankle and less going up the leg, helps to compensate for the lack of activation of the venous muscle pump system. It gently squeezes the vein walls together, thereby easing blood flow back towards the heart, reducing venous pressure, and improving overall circulation.
If you frequently suffer from leg pain or heavy, tired, and unpleasant-feeling legs, and if the symptoms do not disappear if you elevate the legs in the evening or after a good sleep, you should see a doctor to check if a more progressed state of venous disorder might be the cause of your heavy legs.
By means of ultrasound, the doctor visualizes the blood flow in your veins and checks which part of your venous system in the legs might be damaged.
Sigvaris products can help improve your venous circulation, increase your energy, and aid in keeping your legs healthy. Your health care professional can help you determine which Sigvaris compression product is best for you.