Claudication, also referred to as intermittent claudication, is pain caused by reduced blood flow to the lower extremities. Claudication is a symptom of the disease called Peripheral artery or peripheral vascular disease (PAD or PVD) rather than a disease itself.
Claudication can cause:
- Pain in calves, thighs, feet, or other parts of the lower extremities
- Pain at rest, that gets worse with movement
- Discolored skin
- Weakness in leg
- Aching or burning sensation in extremities
Q: What causes ulceration and slow–healing wounds in a person with diabetes?
A: High levels of blood glucose caused by diabetes can, over time, affect the nerves (neuropathy) and can lead to poor blood circulation making it hard for blood (needed for skin repair) to reach areas of the body affected by sores or wounds. Always see your doctor if an ulcer appears, especially if it does not heal on its own.