What are the Signs and Symptoms of PAD?
- Claudication, fatigue, heaviness, tiredness, cramping in the leg muscles (buttocks, thigh, or calf) that occurs during activity such as walking or climbing stairs.
- Pain in the legs and/or feet that disturbs sleep.
- Sores or wounds on toes, feet, or legs that heal slowly, poorly, or not at all.
- Color changes in the skin of the feet, including paleness or blueness.
- Lower temperature in one leg compared to the other leg.
- Poor nail growth and decreased hair growth on toes and legs.
Most people with PAD do not experience pain or other noticeable symptoms. People with PAD are at higher risks for stroke and heart attack. A simple, painless test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI) can help diagnose PAD.
If you are over the age of 50 and have any risk factors associated with PAD, consult your health care provider.