SEPTEMBER is National PAD Awareness Month. PAD or peripheral artery disease affects over 3 million people yearly in the United States. This disease, which is diagnosed and treated by vascular surgeons, is caused by the accumulation of cholesterol like build up in the arteries that decreases or prevents proper blood flow. The inadequate blood flow results in pain/cramping in the affected areas, especially during physical activity. There are many contributing factors that can cause PAD. Early detection of this disease is critical and can prevent further complication, including amputation. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact us 1-855-648-9982 to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified vascular specialists.
**Please keep in mind that although many people present one or many of the following symptoms, others may show no symptoms. It’s always best to get tested, especially if you’re a smoker, diabetic, have high blood pressure, or have a family history.
- Painful cramping in thigh, calf muscles or hip
- Sores on the legs, feet, or toes that do not heal
- Leg pain while doing physical activity that subsides while resting
- Loss of hair, or slow growing hair on legs and feet
- Numbness, tingling, or needle like prickling feeling in lower legs and feet
- Coldness in foot or lower leg
- Weak pulse or no pulse in feet or legs
- Appearance of shiny skin on legs
- Slow growing toe nails