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ClaudicationClaudication most commonly describes pain in the legs with walking or, more commonly, when climbing stairs or hills.

Claudication is a symptom which most commonly is pain or cramping secondary to blockages in an artery.



  • Symptoms may vary, however patients usually complain of a burning pain or cramping in muscles in the affected limb.
  • Over time, and with progressive blockage in the arteries, you may notice decreased hair growth over that extremity.
  • The skin may appear pale and in the worst cases, the skin may break down and form sores or ulcers.

Diagnostic Tests

  • Feeling for reduced pulses
  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI): Measuring blood pressure in the ankles and comparing it to the blood pressure in the arms


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