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.
Atherosclerosis takes place over a lifetime. Complications from atherosclerosis tend to happen later in life. But the process of narrowing and hardening of the arteries starts early, progressing over decades.
Developing some atherosclerosis is often unavoidable. It's the result of aging and our own genetic tendencies. A much larger part, though, is determined by our behavior and lifestyle choices as we move through life.
How old are your arteries? Are they the ones you had in college? Or are...
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