Peripheral Arterial Disease of the Legs (cont.)
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Many people who have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) don't have symptoms.
If you do have symptoms, you may have a tight, aching, or squeezing pain in your calf, thigh, or buttock. This pain, called intermittent claudication, usually happens after you have walked a certain distance.
For example, your pain may always start after you have walked a block or two or after a few minutes. The pain goes away if you stop walking. As PAD gets worse, you may have pain in your foot or toe when you aren't walking.
Only about 1 out of 5 people with PAD have intermittent claudication.1
Other symptoms of peripheral arterial disease of the legs may include:
More severe symptoms, such as skin changes on the feet or legs, may be a sign of advanced PAD.
Some people may not report symptoms to their doctors. This may happen in:
Whatever the reason, not reporting symptoms can make it harder for doctors to diagnose the disease.
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