You could have peripheral arterial disease without realizing it. The condition often doesn’t cause symptoms, or the symptoms you do have are so mild you don’t think anything of them.
When peripheral arterial disease causes symptoms, the main one is claudication, meaning you experience pain or cramps in your leg muscles when walking that typically go away when you rest.
Advanced peripheral arterial disease may cause pain at rest, making it difficult to sleep or cause problems with wounds and healing.
You could experience this pain in any part of your leg, depending on where the arterial blockage is, but most often it affects the calf. Pain can be mild or become so severe it affects your ability to walk.
Other symptoms of peripheral arterial disease that affect your legs and feet include:
- Numbness or weakness
- Coldness in the lower leg
- Sores that won’t heal
- Change in skin color
- Hair loss or slow hair growth
- Slow-growing toenails
- Shiny skin
- Weak pulse in your legs
- Erectile dysfunction
The team at Tinsley Surgical can screen you for peripheral arterial disease. Screening is recommended if you’re over 65, over 50 and have diabetes or smoke, or are under 50 but have several risk factors for peripheral arterial disease.