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:
More severe symptoms, such as skin changes on the feet or legs, may be a sign of advanced PAD.
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January 27, 2014
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