Quick Answer: Why Do My Legs Feel Weak And Heavy?

Tired leg syndrome can occur as a result of venous insufficiency and can cause heavy or tired feet and legs.

Venous insufficiency is a condition in which improper blood flow causes swelling, varicose veins, and/or edema.

Tired leg syndrome, or tired feet and legs, may also be caused by neuropathy, or nerve damage.

What can cause weakness in the legs?

Potential causes of muscle weakness

  • chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • muscular dystrophies.
  • hypotonia, a lack of muscle tone that’s usually present at birth.
  • myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune and muscular disorder.
  • peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve damage.
  • neuralgia, or sharp burning or pain in one or more of your nerves.

Why are my legs weak and tired?

Your legs may feel tired or fatigued if your blood isn’t circulating through your body properly. Poor circulation often affects the lower part of your body since it’s harder for blood to flow upward toward your heart. Sometimes blood can collect in your legs, ankles, and feet.

Why do legs feel heavy?

It’s mechanical: The purpose of the veins is to bring blood back to the heart. When these valves are weakened for various reasons, instead of flowing back up, the blood pools and causes a feeling of heaviness: this is heavy legs syndrome, one of the first signs of venous insufficiency.

What causes weak legs in the elderly?

Diabetes and atherosclerosis are the main causes of poor circulation in the body, but are also associated with smoking, living an inactive lifestyle, or having high blood pressure or cholesterol. To reduce lower extremity weakness, elevate your legs while your sitting or laying down to increase your bodies circulation.