Many patients with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) will complain of heaviness in the legs, especially after standing or sitting for long periods of time. The heavy, dragging sensation is caused by excess low-oxygen blood that pools in the legs and creates pressure and lactic acid buildup.

Vein disease symptoms:

Common vein disease symptoms include leg heaviness, leg swelling, throbbing, fatigue, aching, itching, restless legs, and cramps. Visible signs of vein disease range from spider veins, varicose veins, swollen legs, to skin changes including darkening, thickening or ulceration of the tissues around the ankles.

Most vein problems occur when the valves in leg veins aren’t working to keep the blood moving out of the legs normally. When that happens, more blood pools in the veins under higher pressure than the veins are designed to handle. The longer someone with these problems has their feet dependent, the more blood pools in their veins and the higher the pressure in their legs becomes. This leads to the typical symptoms of aching, heaviness, fatigue, and throbbing associated with venous disease.

These symptoms typically are mildest first thing in the morning after the legs have been up, and get progressively worse throughout the day as the legs are down. The symptoms may be relieved by elevating the legs, wearing compression stockings to provide support, walking or taking pain medications.

Facts about leg pain, heaviness and fatigue:

  • Leg pain due to varicose veins worsens with sitting or standing and improves with elevation.
  • Varicose veins can be internal, so sometimes patients go for years before they discover the true cause of their leg pain.
  • The leg pain from varicose veins is often described as a heaviness or deep ache.
  • These symptoms, as well as restless legs and leg cramping, often respond well to vein treatment.

Heavy Legs Treatment:

Conservative forms of treatment for heaviness in legs include elevating the legs for 15 to 30 minutes several times a day to help drain excess blood, or wearing compression stockings to prevent blood pooling from happening in the first place. To fully treat heaviness in legs, the vein disease must be treated. Depending on your unique condition, here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas we may recommend endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or  Clarivein Occlusion for treatment. All therapies are minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that are highly effective in treating the vein disease.

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Alpha Vein Clinic


3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400

Las Vegas, NV, 89128

(702) 430 7661

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