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.
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
More severe symptoms, such as skin changes on the feet or legs, may be a sign of advanced PAD.
Some people may not report symptoms to their doctors. This may happen in:
- People who have a high pain tolerance.
- People who have other health problems such as diabetes with numbness in their legs. This can prevent them from feeling pain.
- People who never exert themselves long enough for leg pain to start.
Whatever the reason, not reporting symptoms can make it harder for doctors to diagnose the disease.