The Northwest Herald discusses the link between varicose veins and restless legs syndrome.

They share similar symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome, including pain and agitation in the legs and both are considered hereditary diseases, said Dr. Stephen Rivard, founder and medical director of Illinois Vein Specialists.

“However, what you may not know is that Restless Leg Syndrome is a common symptom of underlying issues with varicose veins or venous hypertension,” he said. “Thus by treating the source or your pain – your varicose vein disease – you will often benefit from alleviating other symptoms like RLS.”