Peripheral Arterial Disease
Symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can include intermittent claudication (leg pain) due to an inadequate flow of blood to the leg, calf pain, difficulty walking without leg pain, leg numbness or weakness, sores on the feet that don’t heal, coldness in the foot, especially when compared to the other side, discoloration to the leg and foot, no pulse or weak pulse in the leg and foot and erectile dysfunction in men. As it progresses, there may even be leg pain while resting.
Treatment of these kinds of problems may involve insertion of stents or removal of blockages in the arterial system of the heart. Treatment for peripheral artery disease may include dietary changes, medications, stents, angioplasty, bypass surgery, or long term treatment with anticoagulant medications.