Common Disorders


Claudication: When Pain Interrupts Your Walking

Claudication refers to the pain or discomfort in your legs during physical activity, typically while walking. It is a common symptom of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a condition that affects the blood flow to your limbs due to narrowed or blocked arteries.

Understanding claudication and its implications is essential for managing your vascular health:

Claudication pain is often described as a cramping, aching, or fatigue-like sensation in the muscles of the legs or buttocks, aggravated by prolonged walking.
The pain is typically relieved by rest and may recur with continued activity.
Claudication results from reduced blood flow and oxygen supply to the leg muscles, causing them not to receive adequate nourishment during exercise.

Managing claudication involves a multifaceted approach:

Lifestyle modifications like quitting smoking, adopting a healthy diet, and regular exercise can help improve symptoms and overall vascular health.
Medications may be prescribed to manage underlying conditions contributing to PAD, control blood pressure, or prevent blood clots.
In severe cases, revascularisation procedures like angioplasty or bypass surgery may be necessary to restore proper blood flow.
Girl Doctor

At Subang Jaya Medical Centre's Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Department, we specialise in diagnosing and treating peripheral arterial disease and its associated symptoms, including claudication. Our team of experts provides comprehensive care and tailored treatment plans to improve your vascular health and enhance your quality of life.

Do not let claudication slow you down. Take the first step towards better vascular health by scheduling a consultation with us. Together, we can help you regain the freedom to walk without pain and enjoy an active lifestyle once again.