Restless Leg Syndrome | Foot and Ankle Wellness Centre

About This Condition

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What Is It?

Restless leg syndrome is a disorder of the part of the nervous system that causes an urge to move your legs. It is also considered a sleep disorder as it usually interferes with sleep.

Causes

In most cases, doctors do not know what causes the restless leg syndrome. They do suspect that genes play a role. Nearly half of people with RLS also have a family member with the condition. However, there is a few other factors associated with the development or worsening of restless leg syndrome; Chronic diseases, medications, and pregnancy.

Treatment

Treatment for restless leg syndrome is targeted at easing the symptoms associated with the condition, such as leg massages, hot bathes, placing hot or cold pads to legs, creating good sleep habits, or using a vibrating pad.

Medications may be helpful as RLS treatments, but the same drugs are not helpful for everyone. In fact, a drug that relieves symptoms in one person may worsen them in another. In other cases, a drug that works for a while may lose its effectiveness over time.

At the Foot and Ankle Wellness Centre, Dr. Chaudhry offers a treatment called Perineural Injection Treatment. Although there is no known cure for RLS, we have found PIT helps treat and keep the symptoms away.

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