Promoting an increased awareness and standardized approaches in diagnosing and treating peripheral artery disease


What are the signs and symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

The plaque in the arteries with PAD can build up over a lifetime, and the symptoms may not become obvious until later in life.  The typical symptom of PAD is called “claudication,” which refers to pain in the leg that comes on with exercise and goes away with rest. The pain occurs because the leg muscles are not getting enough oxygen. However, most people with PAD do not have typical symptoms. They either have “atypical” leg pain or they have no symptoms at all. Other symptoms of advanced PAD may include a burning or aching pain in the feet and toes while resting, especially at night while lying flat, cool skin of the feet, increased recurrence of infection, and toe and foot sores that do not heal.