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Is my leg pain normal or could it be Peripheral Artery Disease?
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Is my leg pain normal or could it be Peripheral Artery Disease?

By Chris Craig, MBA, Director, Wound Care Operations
Posted: July 8, 2020

As we age it can be easy to dismiss aches and pains as normal. However, pain can be an indication that something is wrong.

If you’re experiencing painful cramping in your hips, thighs, or calf muscles, during activity, that diminishes or goes away when standing still, you may be at risk of Peripheral Artery Disease.

What is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)?

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries caused by a build-up of fatty deposits that supply blood to the legs and arms. PAD most commonly affects the legs.

The decreased blood flow to your limbs can increase your risk of infection. If the blockage is severe enough, it could lead to gangrene and limb loss.

What are symptoms of PAD?

Symptoms of PAD include:

Painful cramping in hips, thighs and calf muscles during or after physical activities, which may get better with rest

Leg numbness or weakness

Sores or wounds that heal slowly or not at all

Lower temperature in one leg or foot compared to the other

Poor nail growth or decreased hair growth on toes and legs

Color changes in the skin on your feet, including paleness or blueness


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Why should I find out if I’m at risk of PAD?

Even if you’re not experiencing symptoms of PAD, you may still be at risk. Additional risk factors for PAD include:

High blood pressure

High cholesterol




Family history of PAD, heart disease or stroke

If you have experienced any of symptoms of PAD, don’t dismiss them as a normal part of aging. PAD is often mistaken for something else and if left untreated can lead to limb loss.

Consider taking our PAD health risk assessment if you have experienced one or more symptoms of PAD and/or have one or more of the risk factors listed above.

Take Our Health Risk Assessment

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