Heavy Legs Specialist

North Atlanta Vascular Clinic

General and Vascular Surgery located in Cumming, GA, Johns Creek, GA, Lawrenceville, GA, & Roswell, GA

It’s normal for your legs to feel heavy and tired after a long workout, but experiencing heavy legs for no apparent reason may signal an underlying problem with your veins. The experienced team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic diagnoses and treats problems that cause heavy legs at five locations in Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, and Lawrenceville, Georgia. To find relief from heavy legs, call or book an appointment online today.

Heavy Legs Q & A

What are heavy legs?

Heavy legs are a common symptom of various health conditions. In addition to feeling heavy, your legs may be stiff, tired, or difficult to walk on. Symptoms that often occur along with heavy legs include:

  • Numbness or loss of feeling in the leg
  • Coldness or tingling in the legs
  • Throbbing pain in one or both legs
  • Discoloration such as blueness

You may also experience leg swelling or spider veins on your legs. Many people with heavy legs have a hard time walking or standing throughout the day.

What causes heavy legs?

There are many potential causes of heavy legs so an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward successful treatment. The expert team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic determines the root cause of your heavy legs so you can return to the activities you love as quickly as possible.

Common causes of heavy legs include:

  • Varicose veins
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Pregnancy

Overtaxing your leg muscles by overtraining for a sport or carrying an unhealthy amount of body weight can also cause a sense of heaviness.

When should I see a doctor for heavy legs?

Occasionally, heavy legs are a normal symptom of muscle fatigue and not a cause for concern. If this is the case, your legs should feel better after a period of rest.

Heavy legs that persist despite home remedies such as rest and elevation may be a sign of an underlying problem. You should schedule an appointment at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic if the sensation of heaviness in your legs doesn’t go away or if it occurs along with other symptoms, such as swelling or discoloration.

How do you diagnose and treat heavy legs?

First, your caring provider at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic performs a physical exam and reviews your symptoms and medical history. They may take tests, such as an ultrasound, to diagnose your particular condition.

Once they determine the cause of your heavy legs, the team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic creates an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific condition. Treatment for heavy legs varies depending on the underlying cause, but may include medications or surgery.

If you suspect your heavy legs may be caused by a vein problem, call North Atlanta Vascular Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.