Intermittent claudication (from Latin "claudicare" meaning "to limp") is a Sx that describes muscle pain (ache, cramp, numbness, or sense of fatigue), classically in the calf muscle, which occurs during exercise, e.g. walking, and is relieved by a short period of rest.
Classically associated w/ early stage PAD
Can progress to critical limb ischemia, unless Tx or risk factors are modified
Occurs intermittenly, disappearing after a brief rest, and the Pt can start walking again until the painr ecurs
General signs of atherosclerosis of the lower extremity arteries, including:
Atrophic changes, e.g. loss of hair, shiny skin
Redness when limb is returned to a dependent position