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Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy And Tired

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 11, 2022
Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy And Tired

Do your legs feel tired and you don't know why? There are many people who feel a terrible and uncomfortable heaviness in their legs, especially in the warmer seasons, which can cause cramps, a feeling of warmth, itching, tingling and even swelling, often manifested in spider or varicose veins.

Fluid accumulation, dilated veins due to poor blood circulation and poor nutrition are just some of the possible causes that can develop this feeling of tiredness and heaviness. If you're wondering why do your legs feel heavy and tired, do not miss this oneHOWTO article.

You may also be interested in: The Best Exercises for Tired Legs

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One of the main causes of heavy or tired legs is venous insufficiency, which is caused when difficulties occur as blood returns to the heart from the veins. In these cases, a specialist will prescribe the best treatment to restore normal blood flow and relieve fatigue.


Hormonal changes are another of the most common causes of tired legs. During the menstrual period, the female body undergoes a series of changes that can lead to greater retention of liquids than usual, thus triggering heavy legs. Thus we see how fluid retention, whether or not it is caused by menstruation, may be another reason for our legs feeling tired.


Pregnancy is one of the times when the female body experiences a higher rate of hormonal changes. In this case, when the uterus compresses the venous system the body tends to increase the amount of liquid flowing through the veins. The blood flow searches for another way to continue its path, producing internal changes in the body that can manifest themselves in different forms that include heavy or tired legs. It is important to consult your physician to find the best treatment.

Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy And Tired - Step 3

A poor lifestyle and physical inactivity can result in bad blood circulation and consequent swelling and tiredness in your legs, among other possible consequences. In these cases, the best treatment is exercise such as walking or running.

This way, your leg muscles work and exercise, relieving heaviness. Of course, you should keep in mind how long it has been since you last exercised and start with soft workouts, gently and gradually increasing the amount and intensity. Here you can learn what are the best exercises for tired legs.

Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy And Tired - Step 4

In relation to the previous point, poor exercise habits and poor nutrition can lead to being overweight or obese, two of the most common causes of heaviness in the legs as they have to bear more weight than they are able to.

A diet involving excess salt can also cause this ailment and increase the possibility of increasing levels of cholesterol; the amount of salt should be reduced.

Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy And Tired - Step 5

Finally, taking certain medicines such as anti-hypertensives, birth control pills, anti-inflammatory pills and antidepressants can cause heavy or tired legs as a side effect.

In either case, it is best that you go to your doctor to find the cause of your heavy legs and they can advise you on how to alleviate the tiredness.

Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy And Tired - Step 6

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to Why Do My Legs Feel Heavy And Tired, we recommend you visit our Diseases & secondary effects category.

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John W Noble
What doctor treats heavy legs?
OneHowTo Editor

There isn't a doctor which specifically deals with 'heavy legs' as this is a symptom of numerous problems. You will need to go to a family doctor (general practitioner), they will be able to make a referral to the correct doctor (if necessary).
i want more information on this.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Linda,

Is there anything specific you want to know. If it is a diagnosis you are looking for, I'm afraid we cannot provide it. Only a qualified medical professional will be able to do this.
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