Step 1: Smoking?
If you smoke: smoking is the most important cause of arterial calcification or atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is the cause of your pain when walking and can also occur elsewhere in your body. In order to reduce your symptoms and the chance of death, quitting smoking is essential.
Would you like to know more about how to stop smoking?
Consult with your doctor or specialist.
Step 2: Healthy food?
Do you have a healthy eating pattern? Healthy nutrition is important to keep your body weight and cholesterol levels in your blood under control. Overweight must be prevented. Overweight not only hinders your exercise activities, it is also an important risk factor for high blood pressure and diabetes.
Step 3: Move?
Do you get enough exercise? Since people suffering from artery calcification often have one or more risk factors, such as high blood pressure, too high a sugar level and / or a high cholesterol level, it is important to exercise sufficiently. Exercising is beneficial for people with ‘shop window’ legs. It strengthens the general condition, is good for the circulation and promotes the metabolism. According to the Healthy Exercise Norm, adults need to exercise intensively for 30 minutes every day, such as cycling or walking. More exercise often requires a change in your present lifestyle. Some self-discipline is therefore required. Ask your physiotherapist to help you with this.
Step 4: Medications?
Do you use medication?
If you suffer with ‘shop window legs’, did you get put on any of these treatments?
1. antiplatelet agents? (blood thinner, children’s aspirin)
2. Statins? (helps prevent arterial calcification and lowers cholesterol levels)
3. Blood pressure control and for high blood pressure medication?
Ask your doctor or specialist.
Step 5: The physiotherapist?
Under treatment by a physiotherapist? The treatment of ‘shop window legs’ is primarily walking training under the supervision of a physiotherapist. The treatment is aimed at increasing your walking distance. Research shows that the maximum walking distance on average doubles at least. In practice, we even see better results.