- by Dr. Sunil Dwivedi
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- Aug 12 2017
SYMPTOMS OF PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE
Generally, most people with peripheral artery disease have mild or no symptoms. Some people have leg pain when walking (intermittent claudication). The symptoms of intermittent claudication include muscle pain or cramping in your legs or arms that's triggered by activity, such as walking, but disappears after a few minutes of rest. Pain is localised to the area supplied by the clogged or narrowed artery. Pain in the calf is the most common location.
There is a wide variation in the severity of intermittent claudication, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. Walk or doing other types of physical activity could be a hard task due to severe intermittent claudication.
Other symptoms of peripheral artery disease include:
- Cramps and pain in your hip, thigh or calf muscles after activity, such as walking or climbing stairs (intermittent claudication)
- Numbness or weakness in leg
- Feeling cold in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side
- Ulcers on your toes, feet or legs that won't heal
- Color change of your legs
- Loss of hair or slower hair growth on your feet and legs
- Decreased growth of your toenails
- Shiny skin on your legs
- Absent pulse or a weak pulse in your legs or feet
- Erectile dysfunction in men
Progression of peripheral artery disease can lead to pain that may even occur when you're at rest or when you're lying down (ischemic rest pain). Its intensity could be strong enough to disrupt sleep. Temporary relief could be obtained by hanging your legs over the edge of your bed or walking around your room.
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