Symptoms

  • Many are asymptomatic while some have pain on walking – intermittent claudication
  • Intermittent Claudication is a pain in the leg muscles on exercise and relieved by a few minutes of rest.
  • The location of the pain depends on the location of the narrowed or blocked artery. The commonest site is calf pain.

Other symptoms of PAD

  • Pain in the leg initially on walking and later at rest
  • Numbness or weakness of the legs
  • Cooler leg than the other side
  • Sores on the toes, foot or leg that refuse to heal.
  • Change in color of the legs
  • Hair loss or slower growth of hair on legs
  • Slower growth of nails
  • Shiny skin on legs
  • Weak pulse or no pulse on the legs.
  • Erectile dysfunction in men.

Leg pain worsens as the disease progresses and becomes rest pain which disrupts sleep and the patient has to hang the foot out of the bed Norwalk about at night to get temporary relief.