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Dr. Jerry Light
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Leg Claudication (Overview)

Discomfort in legs due to decreased blood flow,which manifest with activity


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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
74 doctors shared insights

Leg Claudication (Overview)

Discomfort in legs due to decreased blood flow,which manifest with activity


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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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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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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?

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?

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?

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?

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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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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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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