Restless Leg Syndrome Specialist

Continental Medical

Philip LoPresti, MD

Vascular Surgeon located in Forest Hills, NY

Do you find your legs moving and twitching involuntarily, especially when you’re at rest? Restless leg syndrome is often associated with vein-related disorders, which can also cause blood clots and ulcers. To have your symptoms assessed by a vein specialist, visit Dr. Philip LoPresti at Continental Medical in Forest Hills, New York. Dr. LoPresti is an accomplished surgeon who can diagnose your condition and provide relief from restless leg syndrome. Call the office to get started or schedule a consultation online today.

Restless Leg Syndrome Q & A

What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS)  is a condition that causes uncomfortable sensations and often uncontrollable movements in the legs. RLS usually becomes worse at night or while you’re sitting. While movement can temporarily relieve discomfort, symptoms often return quickly.

RLS can develop at any age, but it generally gets worse with age. If left untreated, it may significantly interfere with your sleep and daily activities.

What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

The hallmark symptom of restless leg syndrome is an overwhelming urge to move the legs. Other signs of the condition include:

    • Discomfort while resting: urge to move and fidget while lying down or sitting
    • Twitching: uncontrollable movement of the limbs, kicking during sleep

  • Relief from movement: symptoms improve after stretching, walking, or changing position

What causes restless leg syndrome?

It’s easy to misdiagnose restless leg syndrome, and there are several potential causes. Evidence suggests that genetics may play a role, as well as conditions like diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, kidney failure, and iron deficiency. RLS might also develop due to pregnancy, taking certain medications, or from sleep deprivation.

There is also a link between RLS and venous diseases like varicose veins. If you have a vein disease, this might contribute to or worsen symptoms of RLS. A vein problem can also cause heaviness, swelling, ulcers, or pain in the legs.

How is restless leg syndrome treated?

The first step to treating RLS is to get a proper diagnosis. At Continental Medical, Dr. LoPresti can determine if your symptoms are related to a vein condition. If so, he may recommend a number of different treatment methods, such as:

  • Compression stockings
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Laser treatments
  • Sclerotherapy

These methods address vein health and can reduce the symptoms associated with RLS.

For people with vein conditions and RLS, modern treatment methods are non- or minimally invasive and allow you to experience long-term symptom relief. With ongoing treatment and compliance with Dr. LoPresti’s recommendations, you can live a normal life and heal the underlying problem.

To learn more about restless leg syndrome treatment, call Continental Medical or book your first appointment online.