Intermittent claudication is a pain caused by an inadequate flow of blood during exercise. Typically it regards legs, but it can also affect the arms. The pain, initially associated only to the exercise, may worsen when at rest.


What diseases can be associated with intermittent claudication?

Diseases that may be associated with intermittent claudication are the following:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetic foot
  • Polycythemia vera

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for intermittent claudication?

Intermittent claudication can be countered by appropriately changing the lifestyle. It is recommended not to smoke, be physically active, control cholesterol levels, avoid drugs that cause vasoconstriction and encourage circulation while keeping the legs slightly raised when is lying down.

If these measures are not sufficient you may need to take medication or undergo angioplasty or vascular surgery.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of intermittent claudication?

In case of intermittent claudication it is always good to consult a doctor, because if the condition is not treated properly can get worse and significantly reduce the quality of life.