Intermittent claudication

Pain in the legs resulting from thickening of the leg arteries in atherosclerosis. The pain is caused by oxygen deficiency in the leg muscles, itself the result of poor supply of oxygen-rich blood from the thickened arteries. There is usually no discomfort when the patient is sitting or standing still, but when walking pain occurs, causing a limp, and stops again when the patient stands still. The best treatment is