MIMIT Health Journal | Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

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You’re getting older, and you’re noticing some changes in your health. Don’t ignore the signs or brush them off as “normal”. It might be more than just age catching up to you – it might be peripheral artery disease (PAD).

PAD causes narrowed, hardened arteries in the legs, limiting blood flow to the legs and feet. PAD leads to a range of general symptoms – some of which can be hard to recognize as a sign of a more serious health issue. Many people just deal with the symptoms as a sign of aging, or they think it’s part of another health issue they have, such as heart problems.

Symptoms

While many people with peripheral artery disease have mild or no symptoms, some people have leg pain when walking (claudication).

Claudication symptoms include muscle pain or cramping in your legs or arms that's triggered by activity, such as walking but disappears after a few minutes of rest. The location of the pain depends on the location of the clogged or narrowed artery. Calf pain is the most common location.

The severity of claudication varies widely, from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Severe claudication can make it hard for you to walk or do other types of physical activity.

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Peripheral artery disease signs and symptoms include:

  • Painful cramping in one or both of your hips, thighs or calf muscles after certain activities, such as walking or climbing stairs (claudication)

  • Leg numbness or weakness

  • Coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side

  • Sores on your toes, feet or legs that won't heal

  • A change in the color of your legs

  • Hair loss or slower hair growth on your feet and legs

  • Slower growth of your toenails

  • Shiny skin on your legs

  • No pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet

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If peripheral artery disease progresses, pain may even occur when you're at rest or when you're lying down (ischemic rest pain). It may be intense enough to disrupt sleep. Hanging your legs over the edge of your bed or walking around your room may temporarily relieve the pain.

When to see a doctor

If you have leg pain, numbness or other symptoms, don't dismiss them as a normal part of aging. Call to schedule a complimentary consultation at any of our locations today at (708) 486-2600 or https://www.mimithealth.com/contact-form

But there is good news

PAD symptoms are often treatable. Early detection is important, and treatment under the guidance of a PAD specialist can lead to relief and may prevent the progression of the disease.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of PAD or have risk factors for the disease (increasing age, diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, hypertension, smoking), then schedule a complimentary consultation at any of our locations today at (708) 486-2600 or https://www.mimithealth.com/contact-form