You have numbness or burning in your feet and legs.
Peripheral artery disease can cause uncomfortable numbness or burning sensations in your feet and legs.
The restricted blood flow brought on by PAD can harm your body in a variety of ways, including damaging your nerves, which transmit messages between your brain and the rest of your body. When they’re damaged – a condition called ischemic neuropathy20 – you may begin to have trouble with abnormal sensations in your arms and legs. Neuropathy is also associated with diabetes,19 which is one of the primary risk factors for PAD.21
Do your legs feel like they are on fire?
If you notice a strange tingling in your foot or you feel like your entire leg is on fire, pay attention to what your body is telling you. Don’t ignore these kinds of unusual sensations, especially if they get progressively worse or more painful – they could be signs of a larger issue.
Pain from nerve damage is an indicator of critical limb ischemia (CLI),20 the worst form of PAD.5 The obstructed blood flow is so substantial and widespread with CLI that many patients are at significant risk for amputation – possibly within a year – if they don’t have a revascularization procedure to help restore circulation.17
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CLI also has been linked to an increased mortality rate. A recent study has shown that in the first year after a CLI diagnosis, 25 percent of patients will be dead.4