Claudication or intermittent claudication is pain in the calf typically brought on by exercise and relieved by rest. Whilst this symptom is relatively benign in the majority of cases, it can also be a sign of underlying cardiac disease. Progression can lead to short distance claudication, significantly impacting on an individuals quality of life and capacity to work. Whilst exercise, smoking cessation and best medical therapy are the main stays of treatment, occasionally failure of conservative management requires further investigation and treatment. Whilst the majority of cases can be dealt with under local anesthetic with an angioplasty balloon occasionally a bypass procedure is necessary. This can often be performed with your own vein from the same leg reducing the risks of a synthetic graft or implant. If you wish to discuss this further or are concerned regarding pain or ulceration in your legs, feet or toes contact Mr Laws via the details on the home or contacts page.