Aching or heavy legs - Advice from experts
Signs of aching or heavy legs
Aching or heavy legs first appear as a sensation of discomfort, fatigue, and heaviness in the legs. These sensations can be the first sign of an actual circulation impairment. The sensations also frequently occur alongside other characteristics:
- Pain is often localized in the interior and posterior area of the calf and radiates up the leg toward the inside of the knee.
- This pain is most often felt towards the end of the day.
- The pain increases if you remain standing for a long time or if you are in contact with heat (summer temperatures, hot baths, hot-wax treatments, etc.).
- This pain is felt increasingly often as the pregnancy progresses.
- The pain is relieved by cold temperatures, winter climates, rest, elevation of the legs, and walking.
- The pain can be accompanied by cramps at night, restlessness of the legs (painful discomfort that requires that one move one’s legs for relief), inflammation (edema of the ankles), varicosities, and even varicose veins.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk about it with your doctor at your next visit; your doctor may be able to prescribe a suitable treatment for you.