PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE (PAD) IS A COMMON CIRCULATORY PROBLEM. THE ARTERIES THAT CARRY BLOOD TO YOUR HEAD, ORGANS, AND LIMBS BECOME NARROWED BY THE BUILDUP OF ARTERIAL PLAQUE (ATHEROSCLEROSIS), REDUCING BLOOD FLOW.
Symptoms of neuropathy including burning, tingling, numbness and pain can also be a sign of PAD—which left untreated can become life threatening. Many who have been told they have neuropathy find that medication, surgery, or other treatments simply aren’t working—and that’s when they turn to us for help. We welcome you to use this website as a resource to learn more about PAD and please feel free to contact us to learn about treatment for PAD without the need for invasive surgery. Most insurance and Medicare accepted.
Eight million Americans
suffer from PAD
PAD affects 20% of
patients over age 75
One in three diabetics
over age 50 suffer from PAD
Smoking increases the
likelihood of developing
PAD by 400%
Each year, approximately
amputations in the U.S. can be attributed to PAD
About 20-25% of people
with PAD are asymptomatic
and don’t know they have it.
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My legs hurt. Could it be PAD?
Leg cramps or pain when walking, cold feet or legs, pain in your legs even when resting, sores that don’t heal, are all indicators for PAD. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your primary care doctor or specialist. However, some people with PAD don’t notice any symptoms at all. This is why communication and watchfulness are a vital part of maintaining good health.
The most common symptoms include:
Muscle Cramping – Intermittent Claudication. Pain while exercising is called claudication. Itis the most common symptom of PAD. Some people experience a dull ache or heaviness in the legs rather than outright pain. You may have a hard time walking or climbing stairs without having to stop and rest.
Abnormal pulse. The pulse in the legs may be reduced or even absent if you have PAD.
Temperature changes. If one foot is noticeably colder than the other, it could be due to PAD.
Pain at rest. More severe cases of PAD can cause pain in the legs even at rest. The discomfort may keep you up at night.
Non-healing wounds. Sores or wounds on the toes, feet or ankles that are not healing may be a sign of PAD.
Maybe it’s Not Neuropathy
Neuropathy is a condition that involves damage to the peripheral nervous system. Muscle cramping, difficulty walking, burning, tingling, numbness, and pain in the legs and/or feet are symptoms people living with neuropathy experience on a daily basis. These symptoms are very similar to those of PAD. They are so similar that in many cases, people are given a diagnosis of neuropathy when in reality it isn’t.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for neuropathy. Medications suppress the symptoms and trick the body into not noticing them. However, if you don’t have neuropathy, you are masking the problem and allowing the real cause (in many cases PAD) to get worse.
It’s important to get to the root of the problem and oftentimes it’s poor circulation. So, if you’ve been told you have neuropathy, and you’re not finding relief from medication or treatment, consider the fact that it might not be neuropathy. It could be PAD that’s causing your pain and impacting your everyday living. And the good news is, there are treatments for PAD.