Leg pain or cramps while walking or exercising which stops at rest is called: intermittent claudication and is one of the most classic symptoms of PAD. Millions of Americans over the age of 50 have PAD which causes leg pain. There are others suffering from this condition without any symptoms. PAD is caused by blockage of arteries due to plaque buildup.
If Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) progresses, pain may even occur when you are at rest or when you are lying down. It might become intense enough to disrupt your sleep. Hanging your legs over the edge of your bed or walking around your room may temporarily relieve the pain.
Even though the heart is usually the focus of athereosclerosis, this disease can affect arteries throughout your body, even legs. There are certain factors that can increase your risk for PAD such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, aging or genetics.
A majority of people experiencing leg pain or cramps consider it to be a sign of aging and keep ignoring the symptoms of this serious disorder. The symptoms of PAD if left untreated gradually progress and may lead to even more serious complications such as limb amputation or heart stroke.
If you are suffering from leg pain or cramps, numbness or swelling in legs, skin discoloration on lower legs or feet, loss of hair from legs or poor nail growth and lower temperature in one leg as compared to the other don’t hesitate to reach out to our leading vascular specialists at USA Vascular Centers.
We offer a minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment for PAD during which the plaque in the blocked artery is removed using a stent after which blood circulation is improved and the symptoms of PAD gradually disappear.
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Treatments at USA Vascular Centers are covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.