Heavy, tired, aching legs? Swollen feet and ankles? This can be an early sign of a venous disorder. You may experience the symptoms in the evenings, after sitting or standing all day. Often they get worse during summer at high temperatures. Take care of your leg health from the moment your legs start to feel incomfortable, and talk to your health care professional. The recommended standard treatment for your leg health: medical compression.
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 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 did stand or sit in the same position for extended periods.
Heavy legs might be a sign of early venous disorder. Venous disorder or venous insufficiency is caused by unproperly closing vein valves and blood pooling in the veins. It may show symptoms such as
Venous insufficiency is a progressive disease. Left untreated, it can lead to – sometimes serious – complications:
In general, you may adopt some habits to relieve or to avoid the feeling of heavy, uncomfortable legs:
Medical compression is an easy, drug-free solution that fits most body shapes. A medical compression product is an elastic textile (sock, stocking, or pantyhose) that exerts an active pressure along the leg promoting venous circulation and the return of blood to the heart.
From the very first use, you should feel an immediate benefit: your pain and heavy leg sensations decrease. Medical compression also aims to prevent complications.
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.
Note: 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 compression products can 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.
Any feeling of discomfort in the legs can be a sign of a venous disorder.