The feeling of having heavy or painful legs is caused primarily by circulatory problems.1 Lack of movement and an increase in body weight can cause blood stagnation in the limbs.1 That's why sitting for a long time, without any muscle activity to act as a pump, can slow circulation in the legs. Especially in areas like the feet and ankles.1
Veins work to return the blood to our heart. That is why they have valves which allow blood to flow upward but prevent downward flow. If these valves don't work properly, it can cause swelling and heaviness of the legs.1
Avoid anything that interferes with the return blood flow like sitting for a long time, or tight clothes.1 Instead, try walking, swimming and cycling to improve blood circulation.1 At night, it's best to sleep with your legs slightly raised – and extend them as often as possible.1
Footwear with special gel inserts or Orthotics help reduce pressure in the foot's most sensitive areas, and promote better weight distribution over the entire sole.2
Find out more about the Scholl range of gel inserts and Orthotics.