Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy & Tired?

    Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy & Tired?

    02 Apr 2020

    Sitting at a desk or standing for long periods of time can lead to tired, heavy legs at the end of the day. However, there are ways to find relief.

    Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy & Tired?-

    Why do we get heavy, tired legs?

    The feeling of having heavy or painful legs is caused primarily by circulatory problems. 1 Lack of movement and an increase in body weight can cause blood stagnation in the limbs. 1 That's why sitting for a long time, without any muscle activity to act as a pump, can slow circulation in the legs. Especially in areas like the feet and ankles. 1

    What happens in our veins?

    Veins work to return the blood to our hearts. That is why they have valves that allow blood to flow upward but prevent downward flow. If these valves don't work properly, it can cause swelling and heaviness of the legs. 1

    How can I get relief for tired legs?

    Avoid anything that interferes with the return blood flow like sitting for a long time or tight clothes. 1 Instead, try walking, swimming, and cycling to improve blood circulation. 1 At night, it's best to sleep with your legs slightly raised – and extend them as often as possible. 1

    Put comfort first

    Footwear with special gel inserts or Orthotics helps reduce pressure in the foot's most sensitive areas and promote better weight distribution over the entire sole. 2

    Find out more about the Scholl range of gel inserts and Orthotics.

    Source references

    1 Uniprix. Relief and prevention of heavy legs. Accessed November 2019. https://www.uniprix.com/en/tips/1/health/relief-and-prevention-of-heavy-legs

    2 Arthritis. Feet hurt? Slip in some relief with shoe insert. Accessed November 2019. https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/joint-protection/foot-pain-shoe-inserts.php

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