Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) affects 10-15% of the general population. It is an irresistible urge to move one’s legs to stop uncomfortable sensations, often during sleep. Moving the affected body part provides temporary relief.
In a patient with leg vein disease, venous blood will flow backward toward the feet, causing blood to collect in these veins. This can lead to a buildup of toxic waste, which can cause symptoms of RLS, aching, throbbing, cramping, and fatigue.
Currently, most RLS patients are treated with medication. However, we recommend ultrasound imaging to first rule out venous insufficiency in all RLS patients before starting or continuing drug therapy. If venous insufficiency is found, procedures such as vein closure may offer symptom relief from restless leg syndrome.