Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.)

Frequently Asked Questions

5. What are the symptoms of P.A.D.?

People who have P.A.D. may have symptoms when walking or climbing stairs. These may include pain, numbness, aching, or heaviness in the leg muscles.

Symptoms may also include cramping in the affected leg(s) and in the buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.

Some possible signs of P.A.D. include

  • weak or absent pulses in the legs or feet
  • sores or wounds on the toes, feet, or legs that heal slowly
  • a pale or bluish color to the skin
  • poor nail growth on the toes and decreased hair growth on the legs
  • erectile dysfunction, especially among men who have diabetes.