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Can you tell me if there are exercises I can do to improve my leg claudication?

Can you tell me if there are exercises I can do to improve my leg claudication?

Regular Walking: Supervised daily walking programs have been proven to improve the distance claudicants can walk before they develop pain. ...Read more

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Leg Claudication (Definition)

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


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Can you tell me if there are exercises i can do to improve my leg claudication?

Can you tell me if there are exercises i can do to improve my leg claudication?

Start with walking: Supervised walking (30 minutes, 3 or more times/ week) will do as well for claudication as interventions such as angioplasty and stenting. Start with walking, and expand to other aerobic regimens as you can tolerate them. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises that will help improve circulation to my leg ulcer?

Can you tell me if there are exercises that will help improve circulation to my leg ulcer?

Ulcer: Firstly the need to define what type of ulceration you have. Venous ulcerations are secondary to venous reflux, and should be managed by destroying the problem of the reflux, usually accomplished by thermal ablation of the vein. Arterial ulcers are secondary to arterial insufficiency, and should be treated by identifying the arterial problem treating it. Exercise with walking Is important ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises to make my ankles thinner?

Can you tell me if there are exercises to make my ankles thinner?

Some: Plastic surgeons will do liposuction to the ankles but its a small area and a lot of potential damage can be a result so i would avoid it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some at-home exercises i can do to increase my energy?

Could you tell me what are some at-home exercises i can do to increase my energy?

Keep your body in mo: Our bodies need to be kept in motion as much as possible. So stay active at home(avoid sitting around on chair/sofa watching tv). Just get up and go to take a walk whenever you can. A good 30-45 minute brisk walk daily is the 'best medicine' for keeping you energized and healthy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises i can do when my lower back hurts?

Can you tell me if there are exercises i can do when my lower back hurts?

Low back pain: Most people have episodic back pain each 12-18months. Walking is typically a great way to relieve pain, as well as stretching the legs- and back. Try it while laying on your back, pulling up the knees to your chest, one at a time, and then both, holding for 10-12 seconds, 3x. Deep squatting down and 'hugging' your knees can help, in addition to: no smoking, core strengthening+healthy weight. Thx! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises to make my knee stronger?

Can you tell me if there are exercises to make my knee stronger?

Regular muscle work: By strengthening the muscles around your knee (quadriceps, hamstrings, and calf muscles) you can make your knees more stable and therefore "stronger". This can be achieved through a dedicated exercise program. Strong muscles will aid the ligaments of the joint in stabilizing your knee. ...Read more

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Are there exercises I can do to improve my swallowing?

Are there exercises I can do to improve my swallowing?

Speech therapist: I am not an expert in this. But there are experts in this field, some doctors like ent's, and gastroenterologists who can help you diagnose the problem. But speech and swallowing therapists actually teach you what to do. Talk with your pcp first. A simple swallowing study may result in quick diagnosis and referral to the therapist. If it is more complex your md can refer you to a specialist. ...Read more

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Can you please guide me to exercises i can do that don't involve my legs but will get my heart pumping?

Can you please guide me to exercises i can do that don't involve my legs but will get my heart pumping?

Few: Rowing, pedal exerciser with arms, pull ups, low weights 5-20# high repetition upper arm exercise that combined shoulders, triceps and biceps. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any breathing exercises i could do to improve my breathing?

Please tell me if there are any breathing exercises i could do to improve my breathing?

Breathing Exercise: As a sports medicine podiatrist, I constantly refer to Pilates for rehabilitation. The Pilates folks are anal about achieving good breathing. Here is one video from the web that may help. Dr Rich Blake https://youtu.be/s6TTvXqzlwk ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises i can do to prevent further curvature of the spine?

Can you tell me if there are exercises i can do to prevent further curvature of the spine?

Nope: Nothing. See, once you're done growing, scoliosis does not progress to a significant degree. And, along with the lack of growth potential, comes the lack of remodeling or correction. Regardless, scoliosis is not typically painful (no more so than straight spines). Unless curves exceed the 50-70° range in thoracic or 30-50° range in lumbar. Then, pt, nsaid's and surgery are only options. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how to do kegels. Which positiom is the best to do kegels. My shoulders and thighs are getting stiff.

Can you please tell me how to do kegels. Which positiom is the best to do kegels. My shoulders and thighs are getting stiff.

Not right: It sounds like you are a ways off and will require teaching in the office of a gyn or pelvic floor therapist. Try squeezing the muscles u would squeeze the speculum with. But it shouldn't make your thighs or shoulders sore. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises that can help you decrease thigh fat or cellulite?

Can you tell me if there are exercises that can help you decrease thigh fat or cellulite?

Waste of money: Despite claims of many highly profitable infomercials, there are no effective exercises to treat or prevent cellulite. Having said that, it is a great idea to perform a regular workout routine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are good low back pain exercises?

Can you tell me if there are good low back pain exercises?

Core: Core excercises are very good for low back pain. There are several examples of "core exercises" on the internet. Your physical therapist should also be able to show you examples. It is also important to stay flexible with emphasis on stretching your hamstrings. ...Read more

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What can I do to make my legs normal without doing surgery? Is there any stretching exercises that i can do to make my legs normal?

What can I do to make my legs normal without doing surgery? Is there any stretching exercises that i can do to make my legs normal?

Sorry: U did not mention what is wrong with your legs. Why would be surgery at all an option? Yoi need to be more specific with your question! ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some exercises that i can do to get my legs and stomach skinny?

Please tell me what are some exercises that i can do to get my legs and stomach skinny?

Remember: Exercise is great, but for most the key to weight loss is actually in reduction of caloric intake. It's a lot easier to cut out several hundred calories per day than to consistent exercise that much(don't stop trying though). Otherwise, there are many great exercises like planks for your core muscle and squats and lunges for your legs. ...Read more

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Are there any proven eye exercises I can do to improve my vision? (or prevent it from getting worse). What else can I do to improve vision?

Are there any proven eye exercises I can do to improve my vision? (or prevent it from getting worse). What else can I do to improve vision?

Get regular exams: Eye exercises have not proven to improve vision if the issue is the need for glasses. There are some exercises which can train your eye hand coordination which have some degree of success with athletes but these are not useful in ordinary visual activities. The best protection is regular eye examinations and the use of protective gear when engaged in any visually threatening activity. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which exercises do I do to tone my arms?

Can you tell me which exercises do I do to tone my arms?

Toning: Tone arms w standing biceps curl w dumbbells, hammer curls w dumbbells, triceps kickback w dumbbells ; lying triceps extension w dumbbells. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are simple things/exercises i can do everyday to improve my brain/my physical health?

Could you tell me what are simple things/exercises i can do everyday to improve my brain/my physical health?

Crosswords: Crossword puzzles or other mind games can help improve mental health. Yoga is a great simple exercise that's full body with a lot of benefits. Hope that helped and go buckeyes! (i'm originally from ohio too). ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises I can do to improve my leg claudication?

Regular Walking: Supervised daily walking programs have been proven to improve the distance claudicants can walk before they develop pain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises i can do to improve my leg claudication?

Start with walking: Supervised walking (30 minutes, 3 or more times/ week) will do as well for claudication as interventions such as angioplasty and stenting. Start with walking, and expand to other aerobic regimens as you can tolerate them. ...Read more

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My mother has leg claudication. What should I tell her?

My mother has leg claudication. What should I tell her?

Vascular evaluation: Claudication is a sign of decreased blood flow to a leg. It does not put her at immediate risk of losing her leg, but should be assessed by a vascular surgeon. If it is mild/moderate, it can be treated with medications, exercise, and not smoking. If it is more severe, she may be a candidate for endovascular (minimally invasive) or open surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how sciatic leg pain is different from leg claudication?

Can you tell me how sciatic leg pain is different from leg claudication?

Nerve vs. Blood Flow: Sciatic pain is due to compression and inflammation of the nerve roots which give rise to the sciatic nerve. It comes on at rest while sitting and the pain usually starts in the buttocks and radiates down the leg. Claudication pain is due to blockages in the arteries and results in leg muscle cramping with exercise. This resolves with rest. An arterial ultrasound can help differentiate. ...Read more

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What are the tests for leg claudication?

What are the tests for leg claudication?

Pressure testing: Some common tests used to diagnose claudication include: checking the pulses in your feet ankle-brachial index to compare the blood pressure in your ankles to the blood pressure in your arms doppler ultrasound, which monitors blood flow in the area affected magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (ct) angiography to show damage to blood vessels. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of leg claudication?

Leg pain: The major symptom of leg clarification is calf pain while walking that relieves itself after stopping walking or exercising. ...Read more

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Can leg claudication ever get worse on its own?

Can leg claudication ever get worse on its own?

Certainly: Claudication describes the symptoms of muscle cramping and/or foot numbness/pain with exercise. People with mild to moderate vascular disease experience claudication. It is very possible for the vascular disease to progress to severe disease, in which case people develop rest pain or tissue loss. Smoking cessation, Aspirin and a cholesterol lowering medication (statin) will help. ...Read more

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Can leg claudication ever get better on its own?

With exercise: Claudication symptoms can be improved with exercise. With a regular program exercise endurance can improve. It is unlikely for symptoms ro go away on their own. ...Read more

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Are there any drugs that may cause leg claudication?

Are there any drugs that may cause leg claudication?

Sort of: The most common cause of leg cramping from medication is likely the family of statin drugs used to lower cholesterol. Monitoring of liver and muscle enzymes is common with statins. With normal lab results changing doses or brands can improve the muscle cramping. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Leg claudication?

Claudication: Discomfort in legs due to decreased blood flow,which manifest with activity ...Read more

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

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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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Could smoking make my leg claudication worse?

Could smoking make my leg claudication worse?

Absolutely: Smoking causes the process of progressive deposition of cholesterol / trigycerides in your arteries to be accelerated about 10 times faster than without smoking. In addition, your blood will clot faster ( making treatment results worse if continued ) and causes the arteries to constrict. All of these are added to the risk of lung and other cancers. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect leg claudication?

Decreases risk: Several studies have shown a protective effect of moderate alcohol consumption towards claudication. Men who drank 1-2 drinks/day and women who drank 0.5-1 drinks/day had a lower risk of claudication. ...Read more

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If you have leg claudication, will you eventually have something similar in your arms?

If you have leg claudication, will you eventually have something similar in your arms?

Typically not: Claudication most commonly affects the legs. Occlusive disease can develop in the arms but symptoms are much less common. If exertional pain is noted in the arms, evaluation by a vascular surgeon may be warranted. ...Read more

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Can leg claudication cause random sharp pain?

Can leg claudication cause random sharp pain?

Unlikely: Leg claudication is a cramping muscle pain, and/or numbness/pain in the foot which comes on with exercise and improves with rest. Claudication symptoms are very predictable and reproducible. The random sharp pain you describe is unlikely to be claudication pain. ...Read more

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Could sitting too long make my leg claudication worse?

Could sitting too long make my leg claudication worse?

Unlikely: No. Sitting is not associated with atherosclerosis or vascular disease. However, having said that, if you do have vascular disease and claudication, regular exercise will increase your exercise endurance- this has been proven and is the first recommendation along with optimal medical management (aspirin and a statin). ...Read more

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Can you explain how the operation for leg claudication is done?

Yes: The procedure done either removes the blocking atheroscelrotic plaque ( endarterectomy ), streches the area of plaque ( angioplasty +/- stent ), or bypasses the area ( graft - vein or artifical tube ). A combination of these is occasionally done. ...Read more

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Could smoking weed worsen my leg claudication?

Yes: Yes, even smoking of marijuana has been shown to have adverse effects on blood vessels. There are debates about this, but the official stance by the society of vascular surgery is that it does adversely affect blood vessels. ...Read more

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If my parents had leg claudication, does this mean I will too?

Net necessarily: The three greatest risk factors for claudication are 1) smoking, 2) age, and 3) diabetes. Family history by itself is not the greatest risk factor. You can minimize your chances by making sure you don't smoke, and stay on top of your diabetes if you have it. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for leg claudication?

What is the treatment for leg claudication?

Stop walking: The initial treatment for leg claudication is to stop walking on the painful leg. Increased fluid intake, an asprin, NSAID or other blood thinning medication may be appropriate. Al leg ultrasound may be prudent and sometime atherosclerotic or thombisis medication may be necessary. This pain should be evaluated by your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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