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Pain during walking a Sign of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Post by on Monday, December 13, 2021

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If you have leg pain when you walk or climb stairs, or if you experience leg cramps or fatigue during exercise, be sure to tell your doctor.
 
These can be symptoms of a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD).
 
PAD is caused by fatty deposits that bulid up in the walls of your arteries and restrict the circulation of blood and oxygen. 
 
When this occurs in arteries leading to your heart, it's called coronary artery disease, but when it occurs in the arteries that lead to your lower body, it's PAD.
 
 Older adults, smokers and people with diabetes are at increased risk for this condition.
 
Leg pain that occurs during walking and disappears with rest is the most common symptom of PAD. This is a sign that your leg muscles aren't getting enough blood to meet their needs. In addition to leg pain and cramps, other symptoms of PAD include coldness, numbness or tingling, and changes in skin color in the lower legs or feet.
 
While PAD can be quite dangerous if left untreated. It can be easily diagnosed by  your doctor by clinical examination  , Treatment may include lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, getting regular exercise, eating a low-fat diet or controlling diabetes and high blood pressure. 
 
These changes can ease discomfort and help prevent the condition from worsening. Medication may also be used to reduce blood clotting and lower cholesterol.
 
When lifestyle changes and/or medication aren’t enough, you may need angioplasty or even surgery, especially if your leg hurts even when you're resting. PAD impacts your body’s ability to fight infections in the affected limbs.
 
In severe cases, may lead to  tissue death  and lead to amputation.  The most important thing is to see your doctor right away if you have leg pain or other concerns. Many patients dismiss the early symptoms of PAD as normal signs of aging and don’t seek timely medical attention.

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