Restless Leg Syndrome: Understanding Its Symptoms and Relationship with Varicose Veins

August blog about restless leg syndromeRestless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition that affects millions of people globally. It can cause uncomfortable sensations in the legs, leading to an uncontrollable urge to move them. While the exact cause of RLS is unknown, it has been linked to several underlying conditions, including venous insufficiency and varicose veins. At Summit Skin and Vein Care, we can help educate you on RLS and how it is related to varicose veins, a common condition that affects the veins in the legs.

Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome causes discomfort in the legs that may be described as itchy, tingly, or prickly. RLS is usually worse at night, making it difficult to sleep, which can result in exhaustion and stress. Other symptoms of RLS include a constant desire to move the legs, cramps in the legs, or jerking.

Varicose Veins: How They are Related to RLS

Varicose veins are a result of veins becoming swollen, twisted, and enlarged. This condition happens when the valves of the veins fail to function correctly. When the valves are not functioning properly, blood pools in the veins rather than moving efficiently back to the heart. This causes a sense of tiredness in the legs, itchiness, and discomfort and can also cause restless leg syndrome. Research indicates that RLS is more common in people with varicose veins.

Treatment and Prevention of Restless Leg Syndrome and Varicose Veins

There are several ways to treat Restless Leg Syndrome and varicose veins.


This procedure involves injecting a solution directly into the affected veins, causing them to close and eventually fade away. Sclerotherapy is effective for varicose veins and spider veins.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Laser therapy, such as Endovenous Laser Ablation is also used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. It involves directing laser energy onto the affected veins, causing them to fade away over time.

Endovenous Chemical Ablation Therapy

Endovenous chemical ablation is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins that uses a chemical solution to destroy the vein.

At Summit Skin and Vein Care, we know that Restless Leg Syndrome can cause intense discomfort and affect your daily life. Visit Summit Skin and Vein Care if you experience any of the symptoms to receive proper diagnosis and treatment. Take advantage of our offer for a FREE color duplex ultrasound scan, where our specialists will provide valuable insights and discuss your personalized spider vein treatment options. Get the relief you deserve with Summit Skin and Vein Care today!

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