Tired, achy legs are usually not a cause for concern. However, if you are at risk for certain health conditions like heart disease or Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), you may feel worried that your painful legs could be a sign of something more serious. Experiencing symptoms from PAD can significantly impact your well-being as it can make it more difficult to complete simple tasks.

What Does It Feel Like?

If you’re legs are tired and aching, you are likely feeling an uncomfortable sensation instead of a sharp pain. This sensation is often chronic and can be irritated from standing or sitting for long periods of time. Tired, achy legs may also feel worse when you are doing simple activities like going up stairs or bending over to tie your shoes. This symptom is often problematic because it can make it difficult to exercise, which is a recommended method of prevention.

What Causes Tired, Achy Legs?

Sitting or Standing for Long Periods

It’s never good to sit or stand for a long time, preferably no more than 30 minutes a time. But in some situations, you may not have a choice if your career requires you to sit or stand while you work. If you are experiencing tired, achy legs while you are sitting or standing, this could be a sign of another condition called vein disease. Vein disease is not a life-threatening condition; however, it does have the potential to cause complications if left untreated.

Muscle Cramps

Sometimes your legs may ache after you do intensive exercise. Although the soreness can be quite intense, it’s completely normal and should go away within a few days after exercising. For temporary relief from the pain, ice the affected areas for 20 minutes at a time.

Poor Circulation

Diabetes and smoking are two leading causes of poor blood circulation. If you are experiencing tired, achy legs and you smoke or are diabetic, it could be due to the blocked arteries that supply blood to your leg muscles. This is the first indication of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD).

Deep Vein Thrombosis

When a clot of blood forms in one of your deep veins it can cause the legs to feel tired and achy. This is a condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). DVT most commonly occurs in the legs, although it can affect other parts of the body like the pelvis or arms. There are other symptoms associated with DVT including skin discoloration, swelling, and warmth around the area. If you are experiencing any of theses symptoms, give us a call today to schedule an initial consultation.

How to Prevent Tired, Achy Legs

The easiest way to prevent the progression of aching legs is to exercise regularly. However, if the pain gets worse with mild activity, this may not be so easy. One simple way to promote good circulation and relief your tired legs is to wear compression stockings. Compression stockings work by giving your leg muscles a boost through gentle, gradual compression. Give us call to see how we can help you get fitted for compression stockings.

Another easy way to prevent any complications with your aching legs is to avoid smoking, eating high-cholesterol foods that are likely to clog the arteries, and refrain from sitting or standing for more than 30 minutes at a time.

Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment at USA Vascular Centers

If you are at risk for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), or if you are worried your tired, achy legs may be a sign of something else, give us call to schedule an appointment. At USA Vascular Centers we specialize in treating PAD through the use of minimally-invasive treatment. We also treat symptoms of vein disease like varicose veins and spider veins. If you are looking for lasting relief from the painful symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease or vein disease, schedule an appointment with us today.