7 doctors weighed in:
Can leg claudication ever get better on its own?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Dr. Oliver Aalami
Thank
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree
In brief: With exercise
Claudication can get better with exercise.
Why? Because exercise improves the muscles ability to utilize oxygen efficiently. Athletes can run a marathon at high speeds because they trained their leg muscles. Similarly, although claudicants are unlikely to run a marathon, they can, with training, eventually walk long distances without pain. Not smoking, eating well, and medical treatment help too!

In brief: With exercise
Claudication can get better with exercise.
Why? Because exercise improves the muscles ability to utilize oxygen efficiently. Athletes can run a marathon at high speeds because they trained their leg muscles. Similarly, although claudicants are unlikely to run a marathon, they can, with training, eventually walk long distances without pain. Not smoking, eating well, and medical treatment help too!
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Umesh Patel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Cardiology
38 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors