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Updated: 2024-01-11


Leg or arm pain from a lack of blood flow to the muscles. Usually starts during exercise and ends with rest. Often due to peripheral artery disease.


Follow a heart-healthy lifestyle to help prevent claudication. Eat a healthy diet, get regular exercise, don't smoke and limit alcohol. Control blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a healthcare professional immediately if:

  • Severe pain occurs or pain doesn't go away.
  • Legs or arms feel numb.
  • Skin changes color.
  • Sores don't heal.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a healthcare professional if:

  • Pain in legs or arms happens during exercise.
  • Sores form on legs, arms, feet or hands.