Movement enables mobility and often makes social life possible. When the ability to walk or run is restricted, it affects almost all areas of daily life. The causes of movement restrictions are manifold; a common cause is a narrowing of the arteries in the legs (peripheral arterial occlusive disease, PAOD). The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) reports that more than 40 million affected people on the European continent suffer from PAOD. Affected people have to stop walking due to pain and often look at a shop window out of embarrassment, what earned PAOD in German the more common name of „Schaufensterkrankheit“, meaning „shop-window illness”. As funny as this shop-window description may sound, the consequences are even more serious for the affected patients. In addition, the restriction of walking distance is often not exactly known or masked by other symptoms: shortness of breath or orthopaedic pain overlay the exact diagnosis.
The EFVM supports medical practices and clinics through movement analysis labs where people can check their walking performance abilities. The aim of the EFVM is to draw attention to the PAOD and to inform physicians and affected patients about this serious disease as early as possible so that serious complications can be prevented.