Restless Legs

Restless Legs

If you’re one of the many women and men who suffer from restless legs, you know that this condition is more than just an inconvenience. Restless legs can disrupt your sleep and make normal routines nearly impossible. It’s also a common complaint that brings patients to Minneapolis Vein Center, where relief is available through innovative treatment approaches. To begin your path away from the discomfort and strain of restless leg syndrome, schedule an appointment online or contact the office by phone.

Restless Legs

Restless Legs Causes & Treatments


What are restless legs?

Restless legs is a condition characterized by uncomfortable leg sensations and an irresistible urge to move your legs. Some women and men experience only mild symptoms, whereas others find restless leg syndrome nearly unbearable.

Symptoms often occur during the latter portion of the day or evening. They’re usually the most noticeable when you’re at rest. Many women and men don’t notice symptoms while they’re moving, but once they sit or lie down in bed the sensations return. Moving your legs may bring temporary relief, but once that movement stops, the sensations return. 


What causes restless legs?

Some cases of restless legs have an identifiable cause, but there are many cases where it’s not possible to determine an exact cause. The risk factors for restless leg syndrome include:

  • Neuropathy
  • Alcohol, caffeine, or nicotine use
  • Late stages of pregnancy
  • Iron deficiency
  • Certain medications
  • Renal disease
  • Venous disease
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What are the treatment options for restless legs?

Treatment depends on your overall health and the factors that might be contributing to your restless legs. The first step involves a thorough diagnostic workup, including a review of your health history.

In some cases, certain vitamin or iron supplements can reduce restless leg symptoms. Lifestyle modification can also help, including good hydration, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, improving sleep quality, and exercise. For some, prescription medications may be an option.

Venous Insufficiency or Venous Reflux can cause restlessness in the legs. Treating this underlying condition can result in a significant improvement in the restlessness of your legs.

Schedule an Appointment

When you’re ready for relief from restless legs, schedule an appointment with Minneapolis Vein Center.