Information and Solutions for Aching Legs and Varicose Veins
Why do my legs ache?

Any new aching or pain in your legs should be assessed by a medical professional immediately to determine the exact cause. Many factors can contribute to it and if it occurs after prolonged standing or sitting it could indicate a possible buildup of fluid in the leg veins (venous congestion).

Venous congestion can occur when the valves in your leg veins don't work properly, such as due to prior inflammation of a vein (phlebitis). As a result, these veins don't efficiently return blood from your legs to your heart — allowing blood to leak and pool in your legs and feet. Varicose veins are another common cause of venous congestion.

Signs and symptoms of venous congestion include leg pain or aching, which is usually more noticeable after quiet sitting or standing. This may also be accompanied by swelling. Being in poor physical condition can contribute to these symptoms. Marked changes in the height of the heels of your shoes also can trigger leg pain.

A doctor can make a diagnosis based on your medical history and a physical examination. If the cause of leg pain is venous congestion, treatment may include:

  • Wearing compression hosiery
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Elevating your legs above heart level for 15 to 30 minutes when they're aching
If my treatment includes wearing compression hoisery what is a good brand?
Jobst is a leading provider of compression hosiery for men and women. They provide a myriad of styles and compression levels to fit any budget. You can purchase them on our sister site www.AffordableSupportHose.com.