Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.)

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Many people who have P.A.D. do not have any signs or symptoms. Or, they may have symptoms in their leg muscles 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. These symptoms, called intermittent claudication, may go away after resting.

Other 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.

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