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Dr. Jerry Light
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Leg Claudication (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Jerry Light
70 doctors shared insights

Leg Claudication (Overview)

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.


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How does alcohol affect leg claudication?

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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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
Once
Check cholesterol medications
Once
Have a venous ultrasound to check for reflux
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What are the symptoms of leg claudication?

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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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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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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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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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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