Many people with leg pain assume it is just a part of getting older and getting arthritis. However, it is very important to know that Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) can be confused with arthritis. Since PAD can have serious consequences, you should seek medical attention to be sure you know the root cause of your pain.

Here are some differences in the symptoms of PAD versus arthritis:

  1. PAD causes aching, heaviness, and cramping in the legs while walking or climbing stairs, while arthritis typically affects joints like hips, knees, and ankles.
  2. PAD starts slowly, and the pain may go away after rest, but arthritis pain lingers. If you raise your legs as you lie in bed and the pain is worse, you may have PAD.

Other symptoms specific to PAD include:

  1. The skin on your leg turns pale or bluish when you elevate it.
  2. Your foot turns a dusky red when you stand or sit.
  3. The hair on your foot or your toenails stops growing.
  4. You have sores on your toes, feet, or legs that heal slowly or not at all.

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms or want to determine if your pain is caused by arthritis or PAD, call USA Vascular Centers at (844) 723-7240 to schedule a consultation with our vascular specialists who can determine if vascular treatment is right for you. Treatments at USA Vascular Centers are covered by Medicare, most insurance plans, and Medicaid.