Risk Factors & Symptoms of PAD
Many people with P.A.D. do not have obvious symptoms, though others may experience one or more of the following:
- Leg muscle discomfort or pain that is consistently caused by walking, that disappears with rest
- Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep
- Skin wounds or ulcers on the feet or toes that heal slowly (6-8 weeks)
- Leg muscle fatigue, heaviness, or cramping
- Toes or feet that look discolored, pale, or blue
- One leg or foot that feels colder than the other
- Thick or yellow toe nails that aren’t growing
You are at higher risk for P.A.D.
If you are over the age of 50 and have one or more of the following:
- High Blood pressure
- High Cholesterol
- A family history of heart attack or stroke
- History of smoking
African Americans are more likely to develop P.A.D. that whites or Hispanics.
P.A.D. is both underdiagnosed and undertreated. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these risks or symptoms!