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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is restless foot syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) Willis-Ekbom disease is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation. It typically occurs while sitting or lying down. Exact cause is unknown, but could be due to a chemical (dopamine) imbalance in the brain. It can begin at any age and generally worsens with age. It can disrupt sleep, which interferes with daily activities.

Symptoms of restless foot syndrome

  • Knees often bend and straighten when sleeping

  • Difficulty sleeping due to uncomfortable sensation in my legs

  • Moving legs relieves the unpleasant feeling when legs are still

  • Uncontrollable movements that usually happen at night

Questions your doctor may ask to check for restless foot syndrome

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose restless foot syndrome

  • Do you bend and straighten your knees often when sleeping?

  • Do you feel your legs are restless and you can't sleep well?

  • Does moving your legs relieve the unpleasant feeling when your legs are still?

  • Do your uncontrollable movements usually happen at night?

Treatment for restless foot syndrome

Medications and lifestyle changes like avoiding caffeine, exercise, quitting tocacco, sefl-care (massages, warm baths, breathing exercises, etc) can help relieve symptoms.

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