Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs - Symptoms
Many people who have
peripheral arterial disease (PAD) don't have
If you do have symptoms, you may have a tight, aching,
or squeezing pain in your calf, thigh, or buttock. This pain, called
intermittent claudication, usually happens after you
have walked a certain distance.
Lynn Swassing was just 48 years old, the mother of two sons in high school
and one daughter in college, when she had a heart attack in 1987. She
underwent quadruple bypass surgery and was hospitalized for nearly six
Every single day, at some point, the hospital had an exercise specialist at
the foot of my bed, she recalls. They told me, if you don't get active, you
won't make it.
No way,was Swassing's first thought. The full-time mom had never been on a
treadmill in her life, and she...
For example, your pain may always start after
you have walked a block or two or after a few minutes. The pain goes away if
you stop walking. As PAD gets worse, you may have pain in your foot or toe when
you aren't walking.
Only about 1 out of 5 people with PAD have intermittent claudication.1
Other symptoms of peripheral arterial disease of
the legs may include:
Weak or tired legs.
Difficulty walking or
Cold and numb feet or toes.
Sores that are slow to
Foot pain while you are at rest, which means that PAD is