Tired legs : tiredness or chronic disease?
We’ve all felt that heaviness, tingling or intense pain in our legs before, but we normally associate these symptoms with standing or sitting for long periods of time, in some cases we blame our shoes either being too high or too flat.
In fact, these are all the situations that are possibly causing your leg discomfort at the end of the day, but they are not the only possibilities for these symptoms.
As proof that bad posture and shoes aren’t the only ones to blame for the terrible pain, 80% of tired leg cases are derive from problems in the venous system.
This week we will be talking about signs we should watch for and bad habits we can correct so that we can all feel better at the end of our day.
When the following symptoms are persistent you should see a doctor:
- Frequent swollen feet, ankles or calves
- Persistent tingling that prevents you from performing certain feet or leg
- Frequent cramping
- Severe pain that impedes you from walking
- When sitting in the same position becomes too difficult
- Varicose veins
The lasts examples mostly affect women due to hormonal and genetic issues, being that pregnant and menopausal women are at a higher risk.
What bad habits do I have to change?
- Constantly crossing your legs
- Not enough exercise
- Sitting in the same position for long hours
- Prolonged sun exposure
As we can see, in both symptoms and bad habits, there are similar words: “FREQUENT, TOO MUCH, NOT ENOUGH, TOO LONG”, in other words they are repetitive gestures that harm our well-being.
How can we fight against this or minimize it? That’s what we’ll be look at now, practical advice!
- Try to practice some kind of physical exercise
- Don’t remain in the same position, standing or sitting, without often
- moving your legs
- Don’t cross your legs
- When resting try to keep your legs raised
- Drink plenty of water
- If your job requires you to stand a lot, then use stockings (not too tight)
Let’s take care of our legs and feet after all we depend on them in order to move around!
Until next time…