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A 51-year-old male asked:

Suffering tightness in calf when climbing several flights of stairs, or running up hills. tightness goes after rest, or walking or running on level?

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Dr. Greg Hinson
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Muscular vs circ: Most likely this is muscular and related to the strength, anatomy, or endurance of your calf muscles and will improve with stretching before or activity and exercise. Consistent calf pain with exercise, that resolves with rest can also be a sign of poor circulation in your legs, so it might be a good idea to have this checked by your physician to be safe.
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Dr. Michael Perez
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Clarification?: This sounds like intermittent claudication or leriche syndrome in which there is not enough blood or (circulation) to the legs during activity. I recommend seeing a doctor and checking the arterial circulation in the aorta and the lower extremities.
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Last updated Jan 20, 2016


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