Heaviness and Tiredness of the Legs


Feelings of heaviness, tiredness, weakness, quick fatigue, and dragging sensations in the legs are the result not only of swelling, but also deep abnormalities in circulation associated with venous insufficiency. This is the only disease in which the legs receive “old,” used blood. Not only does such blood deliver an insufficient amount of oxygen, but also it brings an admixture of end-metabolites, such as lactic acid, which is supposed to be removed from the tissues.


Fatigue or weakness in legs is one of the typical symptoms of superficial venous insufficiency that develops for several reasons.

One of them is the fact that swelling represents the accumulation of water in between the cells of soft tissues. This water increases the weight of the entire extremity, making it heavier. The heavier the leg, the faster we develop the vein disease symptoms of fatigue. Additionally, due to the reversal of blood flow through incompetent veins, the tissues of the affected leg receive “used” venous blood, which is deprived of oxygen and is saturated with end-products of metabolism, such as lactic acid and others. In the absence of normal nutrition, our leg muscles become tired quicker, and so we feel our legs getting tired out of proportion with the rest of the body.

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