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Intermittent claudication is muscle cramping while exercising caused by insufficient blood flow. If your feet ache with increasing intensity while you exercise, but feel relief when you rest, this may be the source. It is usually related to a larger problem with circulation, such as peripheral arterial disease. Stiffening or blocking of arteries prevents enough blood from reaching your muscles. The lack of oxygen then causes cramping. In severe cases, if the tissues are too deprived of oxygen, portions can die.
How it developed depends on the individual person. If you already had circulatory problems, that could have influenced it. Trouble with high blood pressure, obesity, or diabetes also puts you at high risk. Since intermittent claudication is frequently a symptom of something else, if you are having problems, you should talk to the experts at Foot & Ankle Associates for a more complete diagnosis and treatment options. Don’t ignore painful cramps in your feet and risk the underlying problem developing into something more serious. Contact Drs. Marco Vargas and Joyce Lee of Foot & Ankle Associates in Texas for an appointment or more information by visiting the online contact page or by calling (888) 784-5335.