Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is the result of the arteries in the legs becoming blocked and not receiving enough blood or oxygen. Typically unobstructed, arteries can become blocked and harden as we age through a process called atherosclerosis. This is caused by the buildup of plaque, a substance comprised of cholesterol, calcium, and fibrous tissue. The more plaque that accumulates, the harder – and narrower – the arteries become. With enough plaque, reduced blood flow to the leg arteries results in the leg not receiving the oxygen that it requires. If you suspect that you have PAD, it is essential that you speak with your physician about PAD screening. In today’s post, we’re going to look at a couple of the signs and symptoms of PAD.
Pain, cramping, and fatigue
One of the earliest symptoms of peripheral artery disease is pain, cramping, or fatigue in the lower body after walking or exercising. This pain typically occurs in your thighs, legs, or buttocks and – at first – tends to be intermittent. Over time, you may experience continuous pain, even when you aren’t being active.
Leg color changes
If you notice that your legs are beginning to take on a bluish hue, this may be a sign that your legs are not receiving the oxygen that they need. Take particular note of color disparities between both of your legs and let your physician know if you notice anything unusual.
At Advanced Vascular Surgery, we are the area’s leading specialist when it comes to PAD treatment. Our team has over 60 years of combined board-certified vascular surgeon experience and 22 years of combined board-certified mid-level provider experience. If you’re concerned about possible symptoms or want to discuss the best treatment options available to you, we encourage you to reach out to us.