P.A.D. Warning Signs

Peripheral Artery Disease (P.A.D.) is a silent killer. In fact, in the early stages of P.A.D., most patients have no symptoms at all. About 25% of people feel cramping in their legs, known as claudication, when they walk distances. 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
  • Purple or blue coloring in the legs or feet
  • Cramps, tiredness or pain in legs, thighs, or buttocks that occurs when walking but then goes away when at rest 
  • Skin wounds or ulcers on feet or toes that are slow to heal (8 to 12 weeks)
  • Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep
  • Gangrene
  • A noticeable decrease in temperature of 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.

Early detection and treatment of P.A.D. can help keep your legs healthy, lower your risk of heart attack or stroke, and save your life and limbs. If you or a family member have any of the above P.A.D. warning signs, please visit your physician today.