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.

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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects 20 million Americans.1 Knowing the signs and risk factors help with early detection. This may help broaden treatment options which range from non-invasive to invasive.

Make informed decisions and have open conversations with your physician and get a second opinion if amputation is recommended.

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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



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.