Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease, is a condition characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, typically in response to uncomfortable sensations. These sensations often occur during periods of rest, such as sitting or lying down, especially in the evening or at night. Moving the legs temporarily alleviates these uncomfortable feelings.

RLS can develop at any age but tends to worsen with age. It can significantly disrupt sleep, leading to daytime fatigue and impaired functioning.

Symptoms of RLS include:

  • The urge to move the legs, usually accompanied by uncomfortable sensations.
  • Symptoms typically worsen during periods of inactivity, particularly at night.
  • Relief from symptoms with movement, such as stretching, pacing, or walking.
  • Leg twitching or kicking during sleep, known as periodic limb movement of sleep, which may be associated with RLS.

The sensations experienced in RLS are often described as tingling, crawling, creeping, pulling, or throbbing, and they usually occur deep within the limbs rather than on the skin. While the intensity of symptoms can vary, individuals with RLS commonly express a constant desire to move their legs.

Managing RLS often involves lifestyle modifications and self-care practices. Additionally, medications may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms.

To promote foot and leg health, individuals with RLS may benefit from wearing supportive footwear like DrLuigi medical shoes.

By understanding the symptoms and implementing appropriate management strategies, individuals with RLS can improve their quality of life and reduce discomfort associated with the condition.

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