September 23rd is Restless Leg Awareness Day. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is characterized by urges to move the legs and affects between 7 to 8 percent of the population. Sometimes, uncomfortable sensations in the feet or legs are associated with the restlessness, and symptoms can be worse when resting or when in bed at night. Exercise, stretching, and walking can alleviate the symptoms. If you have any of the symptoms listed below, let your podiatrist know at your next visit.
Clinical Symptoms of RLS
1. Desire to move the limbs usually associated with paresthesias (tingling or prickling sensations)
2. Motor restlessness
3. Symptoms worse at rest with temporary relief by activity
4. Symptoms worse in evening or night
Once RLS is identified, your provider may initiate lifestyle changes, check for iron deficiency, review your diet, or implement a program of good sleep habits. They may also refer you to your primary care provider for further medical management. Visit RLS.org for more information.