Clients often ask, “Why do I get restless legs?”. Those that visit us for varicose vein treatment often experience this symptom associated with venous insufficiency.
This condition has its own awareness day, and it’s coming up on 23rd September, so we thought it might be a good idea to explore Restless Legs Syndrome in a little more detail.
First, let’s examine the symptoms of this condition. RLS is a common nervous system condition, causing an unpleasant crawling or creeping sensation in the feet, calves and thighs. Those affected complain of intense itching, involuntary twitches, and a “pins-and-needles” feeling. Symptoms are typically worse at night. Consequently, those who suffer will invariably always move their legs to get comfortable and find relief from the symptoms.
Why do I get restless legs?
Doctors don’t know what causes most cases of this syndrome, but it’s thought that genetics play a role.
However, over the years, studies have documented a connection between varicose veins and restless legs syndrome. This 2007 study, reported in ‘Phlebology: The Journal of Venous Disease’, determined that the condition appears to be a common overlapping clinical syndrome in patients with Chronic Venous Disorders.
The results of the study held no surprises for us. It determined that correcting venous insufficiency improves restless leg symptoms. This is one of the many benefits of our varicose vein walk-in walk-out treatments. It is also one of the most commented-on results by our happy clients. All of our treatments are minimally invasive and require no hospital stay.
- Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS) uses specialised ultrasound equipment to guide injections of sclerosant which permanently closes the vein. This procedure is virtually painless, so requires no anaesthesia.
- Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA), the gold standard varicose vein treatment, again, requires no general anaesthesia or hospital stay. You walk in and walk out (wearing compression stockings for two weeks), and you are even able to drive home afterwards.
- Venaseal, is a medical glue that closes off Varicose Veins. There is no need for stockings in those who it suits as a treatment! And air travel is allowed at any point after treatment.
If you experience restless legs, don’t continue to ask yourself, “Why do I get restless legs?” Instead, let us help you. Call to book your free vein assessment and scan.