Symptoms of PAD

Peripheral Artery Disease Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

Are you experiencing leg pain, numbness, or weakness? Do you often struggle to move around or walk up the stairs? These are common signs and symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). PAD is a circulatory disease that affects the limbs and impacts more than 8 million people over the age of 40  across the United States.

Peripheral Artery Disease usually develops when excess fat and cholesterol in the blood leads to plaque buildup in the arteries. This condition, known as Atherosclerosis, can be problematic because the arteries in your legs are responsible for transporting blood and oxygen from your heart to the limbs. When blood flow in your arteries is slowed or disrupted due to plaque buildup, a range of painful and uncomfortable symptoms can occur. 

While Peripheral Artery Disease symptoms most commonly affect the legs, it can also impact the arms. It is also important to note that many PAD symptoms occur in the legs, buttocks, thighs, and calves during activity. 

Common PAD signs and symptoms include: 

  • Leg pain
  • Leg numbness or weakness 
  • Leg discoloration 
  • Loss of hair on legs
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Leg fatigue or heaviness
  • Leg cramping
  • Difficulty walking or climbing stairs
  • Pain that stops when at rest
  • Foot and leg pain that disturbs sleep
  • Shiny skin on the legs
  • Non-healing wounds on feet or legs
  • One leg that is cooler than the other 
  • Cold or numb toes
  • Poor toenail growth

We want you to understand that not everyone experiences PAD or PAD symptoms in the early stages. In other words, you can have Peripheral Artery Disease or another vascular condition, but not realize it. Nonetheless, you may be at risk for developing future symptoms and dangerous health conditions like heart attack and stroke.

If you are concerned about your vascular health, we recommend contacting a vascular specialist. They can help determine which lifestyle modifications, medications, and vascular treatments might alleviate your PAD pain and discomfort.



What To Do if You’re Experiencing the Symptoms of PAD

When you experience PAD signs and symptoms, it is essential to contact your doctor or a vascular specialist as soon as possible. When left untreated, Peripheral Artery Disease can eventually limit mobility, necessitate leg amputation, or cause a life-threatening stroke or heart attack.

You should also be aware that PAD symptoms tend to worsen over time. What may begin as mild leg discomfort can transform into severe pain that limits your ability to walk or enjoy life to its fullest.

While advancing age and genetics often play a part in developing PAD, several lifestyle factors can also influence your risks. This means certain lifestyle modifications can potentially improve your PAD symptoms and overall prognosis. Some of these include:

  • Getting more physical activity
  • Eating a healthier diet
  • Losing excess weight
  • Quitting smoking
  • Controlling related health issues like diabetes and high cholesterol levels

Sometimes, however, lifestyle adjustments aren’t enough to reduce your symptoms of Peripheral Artery Disease. When this is the case, our vascular specialists are available to help.



Schedule Your Appointment at USA Vascular Today!

At USA Vascular Centers, we understand that a diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease can be scary and even overwhelming at times. We want you to know that effective treatment exists that can alleviate your symptoms, improve your mobility, and quickly get you back to normal life.

If you are avoiding the doctor because you fear invasive surgery, we have good news. Our nationwide network of vascular treatment centers offers a range of state-of-the-art, non-surgical options that can help you take back control of your vascular health. Our specialists are available to meet with you one-on-one, evaluate your individual situation, and make personalized treatment recommendations. 

Worried About PAD? Contact USA Vascular Centers Today!

If you have Peripheral Artery Disease symptoms, please don’t wait around to get help. Unfortunately, your PAD signs and symptoms are unlikely to disappear on their own. Instead of worrying about how Peripheral Artery Disease may affect your life, go ahead and schedule an appointment today with our experts at USA Vascular Centers.

If you are concerned about pandemic-related safety, we want to assure you that we are following strict precautionary measures at all of our treatment centers to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. For your convenience, we also offer telemedicine appointments. Whether you ultimately decide to schedule a virtual or in-person visit, we look forward to meeting you soon!



Timely detection and treatment of PAD can improve the quality of your life; help you keep your independence and mobility; and reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, leg amputation, and even death.