Blocked arteries may be causing that leg pain when you walk

Published: October, 2013

Regular exercise helps you walk farther with less discomfort.

Leg pain that starts when you walk for a while but subsides when you rest is the signature symptom of a condition called intermittent claudication. This occurs when fatty deposits in the walls of leg arteries impede the free flow of blood to exercising muscles, depriving them of oxygen. The cramping and pain can strike in the foot, calf, thigh, or buttock, depending on the site of the blockage.

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