When you feel tired or fatigued accompanied by tired legs, it could be that you have lower levels of potassium in your body. It also could mean that there are other underlying problems.
We are all prone to aching and tired legs but our reaction to this may be different. Some will experience it when standing or sitting, while for others it could be after taking a long walk. It is vital that you understand your body well – you should know what triggers the condition, in order to come up with the relevant solution.
What Defines a Tired Leg?
Aching legs causes an uncomfortable sensation that is somewhat painful. This feeling is well described by a person who knows his or her legs aches, but cannot pinpoint the exact location where the pain is coming from. Tired leg symptoms features the burning sensations in the leg muscles. It is difficult telling where the pain is coming from. Aching legs can be extremely painful when moving around, and any slight movement causes further aches, this particular symptom is due to muscles not getting enough oxygen when in use. Varicose veins can also be another cause of your leg aches and pain.
If your diet is low on potassium (this happens in rare cases), the best advice your doctor can give you is to eat foods rich in potassium. Generally eating a balanced diet with all the essential vitamins and mineral salts can help you balance the potassium levels. You are advised to use potassium-rich supplements only on doctor’s order.
Choose to be active by taking part in physical exercises that involve walking and swimming. Look for weight reduction measures if you are obese as this also helps reduce the pressure on your joints when walking or standing.
Make use of compression stockings to help improve blood circulation in the leg area. If you have spider veins, be sure to address it, because it also leads to tiredness.
If you lead an active lifestyle, it’s a great idea to do the heavy exercises in the morning and the lighter ones later in the day.
Leg elevation at night is another way of making sure you wake up in the morning ready to walk. Placing a pillow under your feet before sleeping can help solve this.
Foods that cause inflammation are also known to aggravate tired leg symptoms, so it’s advisable to keep off of them. Instead, eat more food that promotes blood circulation.
If you suffer from leg tiredness quite often, and you are have confirmed that it isn’t due to any underlying issues, try the following home remedies.
- Pour warm water into a basin, sprinkle some salt in it, and dip your legs for about 20 minutes. Alternatively turn on the shower, make sure it is warm and only leave the bathroom when the soles of your feet are well soaked in water.
- If you are suffering from cramps, use your fingertips to dig in deep into the leg muscles (the point where you feel the cramp) and hold it for about 30 seconds.
Other forms of treatments may be available, but the ultimate remedy to tired legs is to take enough rest and look for a way to alternate between sitting and standing when carrying out your daily duties.