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Claudication is the term doctors use to describe pain or weakness in your limbs during exercise. It's common in the legs, but it can also affect the arms. It's caused by vascular disease – namely peripheral vascular disease or PAD.
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Claudication symptoms

Know the symptoms of PAD and ask your doctor to check them.

  • Pain – Pain or fatigue in the legs is the most common symptom of PAD. It can affect the hips, thighs or calves. It may happen after walking and disappear after a few minutes rest.
  • Cold and numb feet and toes
  • Slow-healing sores
  • Foot pain when you are at rest
  • Discoloration of the feet and ankles

Claudication risks

African Americans and people over 50 have increased risk of PAD. You can't control your age or race, but you can control these risk factors:

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Are you at risk?

Find out if you are at risk for PAD by taking a brief quiz.
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Claudication treatment

Doctors at The University of Kansas Hospital use the most current techniques to guide treatment of vascular disease. Review the treatment options.