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Legs/Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

Symptoms and Signs of PAD

In the early stages of PAD, most people do not have any symptoms. If they are present, the typical signs and symptoms of the disease include the following:

  • Claudification - fatigue, heaviness, tiredness, and cramping in the leg muscles (buttocks, thigh, or calf) that occurs during activity such as walking or climbing stairs. This pain or discomfort goes away once the activity is stopped and during rest.
  • 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.
  • A lower temperature in one leg compared to the other leg.
  • Poor nail growth and decreased hair growth on toes and legs.

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