If you have been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD), such as varicose veins, you may feel cramping, pain or tightness in your calf muscle when you walk even a short distance. That pain is intermittent claudication and it can be discouraging. WakeMed Rehabilitation’s new Peripheral Artery Disease Structured Exercise Therapy (PAD SET) can help improve your endurance, pain and the distance you can walk.
Peripheral arteries are the vessels that deliver blood to your legs, arms, stomach and head. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the narrowing of these arteries caused by a buildup of plaque on artery walls. PAD is very common in the legs. Varicose veins are a type of PAD.
Claudication or intermittent claudication is the pain, fatigue, cramping or tightness you feel in your calf as a result of your peripheral artery disease. Claudication results from lack of blood flow to the muscles during activity, such as walking or climbing stairs. The pain usually passes when you stop moving, only to resume when you start walking again.
Believe it or not, Walking and exercise are the right things to do to relieve your pain. You just need to know HOW to build up your endurance. WakeMed Rehab’s PAD SET program can help by improving:
PAD SET Information
You will need a referral from your physician to participate in PAD SET. You and your health care provider are welcome to call WakeMed Rehabilitation Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist Hope Choplin at 919-350-7068 for additional information and to register.
Walk off the pain of peripheral artery disease with WakeMed Rehab’s Peripheral Artery Disease Structured Exercise Therapy! Call 919-350-7068 to schedule.
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