Intermittent claudication wiki
(Latin: claudicatio intermittens)

Intermittent claudication

Is a symptom that describes muscle pain (ache, cramp, numbness or sense of fatigue) classically in the calf muscle, usually referring to impairment in walking, or pain, discomfort or tiredness in the legs that occurs during exercise, such as walking and is relieved by rest. The perceived level of pain from claudication can be mild to extremely severe . Claudication is most common in the calves but it can also affect the feet, thighs, hips, buttocks, or arms. The word "claudication" comes from the Latin "claudicare" meaning to limp. Pain location depends on where the restriction sit in the arteries – the higher , the higher the located pains. The pain released fairly quickly , but will return as the walk continues. The same type of pain can afflict the thighs , buttocks , and even the lower back.
It is classically associated with early-stage peripheral artery disease (wiki), and can progress to critical limb ischemia (wiki) unless treated or risk factors are modified.

concept is arteriosclerosis

  cellular metabolism (to keep tissue alive)


atrophic changes like loss of hair, shiny skin
decreased temperature
decreased pulse
redness when limb is returned to a "dependent" position (part of Buerger's test)
All the "P"s
Pallor increase
Pulses decreased
Perishing cold