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Most people with P.A.D. do not have the typical signs and symptoms of the disease, which include:

  • Claudication—fatigue, heaviness, tiredness, or cramping in the leg muscles (buttocks, thigh, or calf) that occurs during activity such as walking or climbing stairs. This pain or discomfort goes away once the activity is stopped and during rest. Many people do not report this problem to their health care providers because they think it is a natural part of aging or due to some other cause. If you experience claudication, click here.
  • Pain in the legs and/or feet that disturbs sleep.
  • Sores or wounds on toes, feet, or legs that heal slowly, poorly, or not at all.
  • A lower temperature in one leg compared to the other leg.
  • Poor nail growth and decreased hair growth on toes and legs.

photo of woman from the P.A.D. symptoms videoWatch a brief video about P.A.D. symptoms (51 seconds)

Dancing Legs
Many people with P.A.D. experience no symptoms.