Legs that frequently feel very tired without any obvious reason are an extremely common problem that's said to affect up to 80 per cent of the population.
Although leg fatigue can be due to an underlying medical problem, such as poor circulation, its most likely causes include bad postural habits, a sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise, obesity, and, especially in women, the wearing of shoes that although fashionable provide poor support for the feet and by extension affect the muscles in the legs. If leg tiredness is due to any of these causes, the remedy is of course obvious.
Another common cause of tired legs is so-called Restless Leg Syndrome – or 'RLS’ – which is characterised by unpleasant sensations felt in the legs either while in bed of after having been seated for some time. Its symptoms are typically described as burning, crawling, creeping, prickling feelings in one or both legs.
The cause of RLS remains unknown, but it has a strong hereditary factor and occurs more commonly in women aged over 40.
Unfortunately, there is no medical treatment for RLS, although persistent and severe symptoms should be reported to your doctor in case they’re due to another ailment. However, practical measures that can help, include:
• Have a short walk or exercise just before bedtime – this will promote the brain’s production of extra endorphins, which are natural painkillers.
• Before slipping in between the covers, give your legs a brisk massage to stimulate the blood circulation.
• For relief from tired legs, fill a suitable basin with warm, but no too hot, water, add a tablespoon of salt to it, and dip as much as you can legs of your legs in the water for about 20 minutes.
• When sleeping, keeping a cushion under your feet and keeping them elevated will provide much relief from tiredness and pain in legs. This can help with both tired legs and RLS.