Claudication Pain

Claudication is discomfort that develops when muscles don’t receive enough blood during activity. Depending on how severe the illness is, this pain often hits the legs after a specific period of time and a given rate of walking.

Because the discomfort is typically not consistent, the disease is also known as intermittent claudication. It begins during physical activity and stops during relaxation. But when claudication becomes worse, the discomfort could even happen while you’re sleeping.

Technically speaking, claudication is a sign of a disease, most frequently peripheral arterial disease, which is characterised by a narrowing of the arteries in the limbs, limiting blood flow.

The main goals of treatments are to minimize the risks of vascular disease, lessen discomfort, improve mobility, and stop tissue damage.


Claudication is the medical term for muscular discomfort brought on by low oxygen levels and alleviated by rest. Among the symptoms are the following:

  • Pain, ache, discomfort or fatigue in muscles every time those muscles are used
  • Pain in the calves, thighs, buttocks, hips or feet
  • Less often, pain in shoulders, biceps and forearms
  • Pain that gets better soon after resting

Over time, the discomfort could get worse. Even while at rest, you could begin to experience pain.


Peripheral artery disease symptoms or signs include the following, generally at more advanced stages:

  • Cool skin
  • Severe, constant pain that progresses to numbness
  • Skin discoloration
  • Wounds that don’t heal