Intermittent claudication is a tight, aching, or squeezing pain in
the calf, foot, thigh, or buttock that occurs during exercise, such as walking
up a steep hill or a flight of stairs. This pain usually occurs after the same
amount of exercise, intensifies until exercise becomes impossible, and is
relieved by rest.
Intermittent claudication is the main symptom of peripheral
arterial disease. As the condition gets worse, leg pain may occur even at rest
(rest pain or rest claudication). Medicines and procedures are available to
treat this condition.
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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