P.A.D. Warning Signs
P.A.D. is a silent killer. In fact in the early stages of Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.), most have no symptoms at all. About 25% of people feel cramping in their legs when they walk distances, known as claudication. This occurs due to the oxygen deficiency from the lack of blood flow. As the P.A.D. progresses, the pain can continue at night and disturb your sleep. Wounds and ulcers can develop on your feet as well. These wounds are slow to heal and put you at risk for infection which can lead to lower extremity amputation.
P.A.D. develops slowly over many years and most people with P.A.D. have no symptoms. Only about 1 out of 3 people with P.A.D. actually feel there is something wrong with their feet or legs.
Warning Signs & Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease include one or more of these problems:
- Leg pain at rest and/or leg pain when walking
- Cramps, tiredness or pain in your legs, thighs or buttocks that always happens when you walk but that goes away when you rest
- Skin wounds or ulcers on your feet or toes that are slow to heal (8 to 12 weeks)
- Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs your sleep
- A noticeable decrease in temperature of your leg or foot
Take Preventive Measures
Having foot or leg symptoms can make it difficult for you to do any activity that involves walking and can make life miserable. Therefore, Peripheral Artery Disease can have a big impact on your quality of life.
Finding and treating P.A.D. early can help keep your legs healthy, lower your risk of for heart attack or stroke, and save your life and limbs. If you or a family member is having any of the above P.A.D. Warning signs, please join us for a FREE Screening or visit your physician today.