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Blockage of leg arteries
|Intermittent claudication; Vaso-occlusive disease of the legs; Arterial insufficiency of the legs; Recurrent leg pain; Recurrent leg cramping; Calf pain with exercise|
Talk to your doctor about the cause of your leg cramping and about what to do at home to relieve it. A healthy diet is important to decrease progression of atherosclerosis.
A program of daily walking for short periods, and stopping for pain or cramping, may help improve function. It is essential to stop smoking.
|Call your health care provider if:|
There are many other causes of leg pain such as arthritis or low blood potassium. However, some causes of leg pain may be life threatening such a blood clot in the legs. Seek medical attention if you have:
|What to expect at your health care provider's office:|
| The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting claudication in detail may include:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
Surgical or angioplastic treatment may be recommended if claudication interferes with the patient's essential activities or work, and if the diseased arteries appear likely to improve after corrective treatment.
After seeing your health care provider:
If a diagnosis was made by your health care provider related to cramping leg pain, you may want to note that diagnosis in your personal medical record.