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Cold Toes or Feet
You might think that having cold feet is just part of getting older. Cold feet and toes can be due to reduced blood flow from peripheral artery disease (PAD). If blood is not circulating well enough, those areas will experience a drop in temperature. PAD causes narrowed arteries in the legs, limiting blood flow. Some symptoms can be a sign of a more serious health issue. Do not ignore this symptom.
Dry and Discolored Skin
Changes due to peripheral artery disease (PAD) might look and feel like dried skin. Do not ignore this symptom. When blood flow to your legs and feet is reduced, your skin is not getting sufficient nutrients. Some areas can have an unusual color or feel drier.
Leg pain when you walk?
We use our feet for walking so much that occasional aches and pains are considered normal. However, leg pain while walking can be due to peripheral artery disease. Does your pain worsen during activity and decrease while at rest? This type of pain can be due to reduced blood flow to your muscles. It is indicative of other health issues.
If you have leg pain when you walk, do not assume it is a normal part of aging. Do not ignore it. Find a PAD specialist.
Do you feel numbness or burning in your leg, feet, or toes?
If you feel numbness or tingling in your foot, or leg feel unusual sensations like your entire leg is on fire. Do not ignore these symptoms, especially if they get progressively worse or more painful. Seek medical attention.
Do you have a foot or toe wound that heals very slowly?
An ulcer or non-healing wound can be the first sign of the worst form of PAD. If left untreated, PAD has the potential to progress to Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). When the arms, fingers, legs, feet, or toes are deprived of blood for long periods, and no effort is being made to bring blood flow back into those areas, amputation may become the only solution.