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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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Dr. Jerry Light
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Leg Claudication (Definition)

Claudication is described as a symptom of various disorders that cause enough pain in the leg to cause one to walk with a limp. The most common disorder is probably occlusive vascular disease, or poor circulation. Both neurogenic claudication and venous claudication are also possible, however. The symptom can either be constant or intermittent, depending on the ...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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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?

What is the definition or description of: Leg claudication?

Window Shoppers Dx.: Claudication is described as a symptom of various disorders that cause enough pain in the leg to cause one to walk with a limp. The most common disorder is probably occlusive vascular disease, or poor circulation. Both neurogenic claudication and venous claudication are also possible, however. The symptom can either be constant or intermittent, depending on the severity of the disorder. ...Read more