Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease (also called peripheral arterial disease) is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to your limbs.

Blood flow to the arms or legs is decreased as a result of peripheral artery disease, also known as peripheral arterial disease.

In peripheral artery disease (PAD), the blood supply to the legs or arms — typically the legs — is insufficient to meet demand. Other symptoms, such as claudication, may result from this.

Typically, peripheral artery disease indicates an accumulation of fatty deposits in the arteries (atherosclerosis). Vascular narrowing brought on by atherosclerosis can lessen blood flow to the arms and legs.

Treatment for peripheral artery disease involves physical activity, a good diet, and abstinence from nicotine and smoking.


Mild or absent symptoms are common in patients with peripheral artery disease. Some people get leg pain while they walk (claudication).

Muscle aches or cramps in the arms or legs that start during exertion and stop with rest are indications of claudication. The calf is where the pain is most frequently felt. From little to severe pain is experienced. It could be difficult to walk or engage in other physical activities if you have severe leg discomfort.

Other signs of peripheral artery disease could be:

  • Coldness in the foot or lower leg, particularly when compared to the opposite side
  • legs that feel weak or numb
  • Legs or feet without a pulse or with a faint pulse
  • After engaging in specific activities, such as walking or ascending stairs, there may be sharp cramping in one or both hips, thighs, or calf muscles.
  • Leg skin that is shiny
  • Leg skin varies in hue.
  • Toenail growth that is more slowly
  • Unhealing sores on the toes, foot, or legs
  • When knitting, writing, or performing other manual duties, the arms may ache and cramp.
  • Erection problems
  • Leg hair may be thinning or growing more slowly.