What do I need to know about numbness or burning pain?

If you notice numbness or burning pain in your foot, or you feel like your entire leg is on fire, pay attention to what your body is telling you and see a health care professional. You may be at risk for a serious condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD causes arteries in the legs to become narrow and hardened, limiting blood flow to the legs and feet.

Find a doctor – If you’re looking for a second opinion, we recommend that you talk to a PAD specialist. Click the button to find a PAD specialist near you.

What you should know:

  • Left untreated, PAD can lead to amputation.
  • Burning pain or numbness in your legs or feet can be caused by nerve damage. Nerve damage can be a result of diabetes,19 one of the primary risk factors for PAD.21
  • Pain from nerve damage may also be an indicator of critical limb ischemia (CLI), the worst form of PAD.19

 

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Don’t accept numbness or burning pain as part of your “new normal.” The good news is that there are many treatment options for PAD. So don’t wait. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor now or talk with a PAD specialist about your condition.

Talk to Your Doctor

Only a health care professional can diagnose you with PAD. Our Symptom Quiz can help guide the conversation about your treatment options.

Take the Symptom Quiz

Click below to take the interactive Symptom Quiz. You can print your answers out and take them with you to a doctor to help guide your conversation about PAD.

PAD Treatment Spectrum

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