Why Are My Legs Painful?

It’s a question we often hear from patients. If you have painful legs you may be suffering from a condition called Peripheral Arterial Disease, commonly referred to as P.A.D.

 

Peripheral Arterial Disease is a condition in which the arteries become blocked by a buildup of fatty deposits. This causes arteries to narrow and harden, restricting blood flow to the legs and feet, resulting in poor circulation. Other signs and symptoms of P.A.D. include:

 

 

If you have any of these symptoms you should discuss them with your podiatrist. If left untreated P.A.D. can lead to serious consequences.

Only about half of all patients suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease experience symptoms. Because of this it is important to get tested for P.A.D. if you have any of the following risk factors:

 

 

Fortunately treatments for Peripheral Arterial Disease are mostly lifestyle changes. If you have been diagnosed with P.A.D. your physician will recommend the following :

 

 

If you or a loved one is experience swelling and pain in the legs please schedule an appointment with your nearest Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC location. We have 18 locations throughout southern Georgia and coastal South Carolina, with kind and caring doctors and staff who will work diligently to get you back on your feet and enjoying life again.

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