Willis-Ekbom disease, more commonly known as restless leg syndrome, affects anywhere from 10-15% of Americans, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes.
If the aching discomfort of restless leg syndrome keeps you from getting the rest you need at night, the team of providers at Vein Institute encourages you to visit us. Vein treatments can improve the blood flow in your legs and ease your symptoms.
In the meantime, continue reading this article to learn about the most common treatments for restless leg syndrome, including how specific vein treatments can provide the relief you deserve.
What’s restless leg syndrome?
Restless leg syndrome is characterized by the frequent need to move your legs, often triggered by uncomfortable “creepy-crawly” sensations on your legs. Restless leg syndrome can cause itching, throbbing, or even the sensation of an electrical shock. The constant need to move your leg isn’t just a nuisance — it can impact your ability to sleep well at night.
5 treatment options for restless leg syndrome
Now that we’ve covered what RSL is, let’s take a look at some of the common ways it’s treated.
According to research, iron deficiency can contribute to secondary restless leg syndrome. For this reason, iron supplements may be suggested if you already have low iron levels. Iron deficiency isn’t the only nutrient deficiency that can contribute to restless leg syndrome. Low vitamin D levels can as well.
The National Institutes of Health recommends leg massages as an at-home treatment to reduce discomfort in your legs.
3. Prescription medications
There are many different types of medications that can be incorporated into restless leg treatment plans. These include medications that increase dopamine, sleep medications (to help you get rest at night), benzodiazepines, and more.
A note about medications: some medications may cause side effects (like drowsiness or nausea), so talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have.
4. Lifestyle changes
Lifestyle changes won’t cure restless leg syndrome, but they can help you manage the symptoms so you can get a good night’s sleep. Lifestyle changes that can help reduce the discomfort include:
- Soaking in a warm bath to relax your leg muscles
- Using heat therapy or cold therapy to reduce discomfort
- Practicing good sleep hygiene
- Exercising daily to support good circulation
- Avoiding caffeine which can exacerbate symptoms
In addition to these, you might consider a restiffic foot wrap. Studies show that the wrap puts pressure on your foot in specific areas to help you sleep better.
5. Vein treatments
According to a 2019 study published in Cureus, varicose vein treatment improved restless leg symptoms. The Sleep Foundation noted that vein treatments can improve symptoms in as many as 98% of those who suffer with restless leg syndrome.
Which treatment is right for you?
If vein problems and compromised blood flow are contributing to your restless leg syndrome, we can help. We offer several different types of vein treatments, including:
- Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
- Ambulatory phlebectomy
- Foam sclerotherapy
- Compression therapy
Depending on your overall health and specific needs, our team of dedicated providers can suggest the appropriate vein treatment for you.
Get the relief you need at one of our convenient locations in Shelton, Westport, Newtown, Avon, and Fairfield, Connecticut. Simply call the office of your choice, or book online.