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Restless Leg Syndrome

Commonwealth Vein Center

Vascular, Vein and Wound Specialists & Cardiologists located in Colonial Heights, VA & Richmond, VA, & McLean, VA

If you have a difficult time sitting still or falling asleep at night because of a constant urge to move your legs, you could have restless legs syndrome (RLS). At Commonwealth Vein Center in Colonial Heights, Richmond, and McLean, Virginia, the team of vein and vascular experts can diagnose and offer treatments for restless legs syndrome to reduce unpleasant symptoms and maximize your quality of life. Call the nearest office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Restless Leg Syndrome Q & A

What is restless legs syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome is a condition that causes uncomfortable urges to move your legs when you're sitting down or trying to fall asleep at night. Moving your legs eases unpleasant sensations, but treating your condition ultimately helps you sit still and get a better night’s sleep.

What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome?

Common signs and symptoms of restless legs syndrome include:

  • Strong urge to move your legs
  • Relief when you move your legs
  • Nighttime leg twitching
  • Symptoms that get worse in the evening
  • Creeping or crawling sensations
  • Leg pulling or throbbing
  • Itching
  • Aching
  • Fatigue from poor sleep

Symptoms vary from person to person and might be mild, moderate, or severe and crippling. Seek treatment at Commonwealth Vein Center for relief from restless legs syndrome.

What are the risk factors for restless legs syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome can happen to anyone, but factors that can increase your risk of developing it include:

  • Family history of restless legs syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Nerve damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Iron deficiency
  • Spinal cord conditions

Ways to reduce your chances of suffering from restless legs syndrome include having healthy sleeping habits, getting regular exercise, and avoiding caffeine late in the day.

How does my specialist diagnose restless legs syndrome?

Your vein specialist can diagnose restless legs syndrome after checking your vital signs, discussing your medical history, reviewing your symptoms with you, and completing a physical exam. They may also complete a neurological exam, recommend a vascular ultrasound, and have you undergo blood tests to check for iron deficiency.

Doing a sleep study can detect or rule out underlying causes of poor sleep, such as sleep apnea.

How is restless legs syndrome treated?

The main treatments for restless legs syndrome include:

Lifestyle changes

There are a few home remedies you can try to reduce unpleasant symptoms related to restless legs syndrome. Try massage or hot baths, use heat or cold packs, exercise regularly, and practice good sleep habits.

Foot wraps

Your vein specialist could recommend you use foot wraps specifically designed for people with restless legs syndrome for symptom relief.


A variety of medicines can reduce restless legs syndrome symptoms. Your Commonwealth Vein Center specialist lets you know which medication might be right for you.

If you struggle with restless legs syndrome and want relief, call the nearest Commonwealth Vein Center office or schedule an appointment online today.