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Doctor insights on: Can Certain Shoes Help With Leg Claudication While Exercising

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Can certain shoes help with leg claudication while exercising?

Can certain shoes help with leg claudication while exercising?

No: If you have true "claudication" (which is muscle cramping from poor circulation), then shoes will not prevent symptoms. Regular exercises will help improve the distance you can walk before pain sets in. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerry Light
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Leg Claudication (Definition)

Discomfort in legs due to decreased blood ...Read more


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Should you wear commercial (or non) compression socks/stockings to alleviate intermittent claudication in lower legs when running? Help or hurt? Progressed to running with less pain-but pace is slow.

Should you wear commercial (or non) compression  socks/stockings to alleviate intermittent claudication in lower legs when running? Help or hurt? Progressed to running with less pain-but pace is slow.

Claudication: If you're able to run with PVD you're doing pretty durn well. Compression stockings are used for venous disease not arterial disease. They could actually give you a problem with exercise unless you also have venous disease. ...Read more

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Will leg exercises in bed with ankle weights while on bed rest be helpful and keep legs from getting so weak?

Will leg exercises in bed with ankle weights while on bed rest be helpful and keep legs from getting so weak?

Probably yes.: Although I am unaware of a study of this, it makes sense and merits a formal study; many bedridden people might benefit from this idea. The exercise likely would not only help prevent weakness, but also help prevent venous blood clots. ...Read more

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Can knee/ leg pain be caused by suddenly switching to wearing flat shoes after wearing high heels/wedge shoes daily for 10+ years? What can help?

Can knee/ leg pain be caused by suddenly switching to wearing flat shoes after wearing high heels/wedge shoes daily for 10+ years? What can help?

Yes: You need to be evaluated to make sure you don't have a tight posterior muscle group. Then, your arch heigh should be looked at and if your arch lowers dynamically during ambulating. ...Read more

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Can compression stockings help alleviate tired legs and feet on a long flight?

Can compression stockings help alleviate tired legs and feet on a long flight?

SURE!: But so can getting up and walking around the cabin when safe, and while sitting contracting your calf muscles and stretching your legs every 30-60 mins. ...Read more

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Can there be any good circulation body or leg posture which will help?

Can there be any good circulation body or leg posture which will help?

No, but certainly a: Supervised exercise program to help with increase development of collateral channels. These are minute vessels which with exercises become larger to allow for circulation to bypass a blocked site. Quitting to smoke and ensuring no one else smokes around you, would also help. So start going with exercises. ...Read more

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Can I wear AFOs or leg braces while doing some cardio workout?

Can I wear AFOs or leg braces while doing some cardio workout?

Yes: As long as it does not interfere with your balance or put you at risk for injury including blistering or chafing. You may need to modify what cardio exercises that you do or cross train. If you have specific concerns discuss then with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can exercise program with walking and stationary bike be effective? I cannot run due to back pain and wonder are other exercises still good for body?

Can exercise program with walking and stationary bike be effective? I cannot run due to back pain and wonder are other exercises still good for body?

Aerobic fitness: Walking, cycling and swimming are great activities to achieve aerobic fitness. Building up to 30 minute sessions 5 times a week with exercise heart rate at 70 per cent of age predicted maximum( 220 minus age) will help achieve cardiovascular fitness. ...Read more

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Any exercise or positions for fast healing after r hand cts surgery that can also help with swelling and numbness?

Any exercise or positions for fast healing after r hand cts  surgery that can also help with swelling and numbness?

Not really: Exersises after ctr surgery ( early on) may cause more swelling and possibly more numbness .You want to move your fingers but the numbness will get better w/ time . Your preoperative symptoms ( pain, numbness etc.) tend to improve dependent on how severe and how long- lasting they were before surgery. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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Can yoga therapy help a person with tight leg muscles?

Can yoga therapy help a person with tight leg muscles?

Simple MSK?: Yoga helps a variety of problems, including balance, muscle imbalances, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, mood porblems, and many more. I encourage you to give it a try--many studios have introductory packages. Each instructor and class has their own feeling, so try a few before you lay out a lot of money. ...Read more

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Does having strong legs, calves and hamstrings stop you from injuring your achilles, ankles and from getting shin splints?

Does having strong legs, calves and hamstrings stop you from injuring your achilles, ankles and from getting shin splints?

Sorry, no.: Getting shin splints is usually a pathomechanical pathology ( things aren't working correctly). Strength is only one factor in allowing for normal mechanics, along with range of motion, an array or joint interactions and forces acting through these joints, as well as anatomic considerations. In fact, over strengthening one muscle group to the detriment of another may actually cause problems. ...Read more

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Are pednizone pills going to help with severe left leg pain toes to hip worse with walking?

Probably: Depends on the cause but that is a potent anti inflammatory that should provide some relief for most conditions. However it is not a pain pill so the relief may not be immediate. ...Read more

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Are there any diet choices that will help with leg claudication?

Are there any diet choices that will help with leg claudication?

Yes: Claudication is leg pain with walking associated with pad (peripheral artery disease). Pad, like heart disease (cad), is a manifestation of atherosclerosis. Dietary choices like low sodium , low cholesterol, low fat, and low sugar can help control risk factors like hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to help with knee movement after being in leg cast?

What exercises can I do to help with knee movement after being in leg cast?

Motion & quadstrengt: After immobilization in a cast you will be stiff and have muscular atrophy. The only good part about the cast is that it helps the injured area to heal - it makes the surrounding areas worse due to lack of use. You will need therapy to regain your motion and to gradually increase your quad and hamstring strength to be able to regain your normal activities. ...Read more

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Ms for 28 years. Mostly use wheelchair. Will a rowing machine be beneficial? Can still stand with assistance but need to strengthen legs.

Ms for 28 years. Mostly use wheelchair. Will a rowing machine be beneficial? Can still stand with assistance but need to strengthen legs.

Yes: Anything that promotes physical fitness in MS is beneficial. Avoid overexertion as overheating can worsen MS symptoms. If you are not taking Ampyra, (dalfampridine) which is for improving ambulation in MS, you should ask your neurologist about it. ...Read more

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