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    Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs - Symptoms

    Many people who have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) don't have symptoms.

    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.

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    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 balancing.
    • Cold and numb feet or toes.
    • Sores that are slow to heal.
    • Foot pain while you are at rest, which means that PAD is getting worse.
    • Erectile dysfunction.

    More severe symptoms, such as skin changes on the feet or legs, may be a sign of advanced PAD.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: August 13, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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