Leg Pain During Exercise: Could it be Peripheral Arterial Disease?

Do you experience leg pain during exercise? Contrary to what some people believe, leg pain during exercise is not a normal part of aging, and it could be caused by Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). Leg pain during exercise that stops when resting is the most common symptom of PAD.

About Peripheral Arterial Disease

Peripheral Arterial Disease is a condition in which the arteries that carry blood to the extremities become clogged with plaque. Blood flow to the extremities (arms and legs) is reduced, which can cause leg pain during exercise.

Symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease

In addition to leg pain during exercise, also known as claudication, other common symptoms of Peripheral Arterial Disease include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the legs and feet
  • Coldness in the legs or feet
  • Sores on the legs or feet that don’t heal

Screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease

It is important to note that not all people with PAD will notice symptoms, including leg pain during exercise. However, if you have Peripheral Arterial Disease, you have a higher risk for heart attack or stroke. You may want to consider PAD screening if you:

  • Are a man or women age 50 or older
  • Have a family history of PAD, heart attack, or stroke
  • Have other conditions that increase risk of vascular disease including high cholesterol or heart disease
  • Are a current or former smoker
  • Have leg pain during exercise that stops when resting

PAD Screening with Association of Alexandria Radiologists

If you experience leg pain during exercise or have any risk factors for Peripheral Arterial Disease, contact the Association of Alexandria Radiologists to schedule a simple ultrasound screening. The exam is quick, painless, and can lead to early treatment, and better results.

2017-07-19T14:44:44+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|