What do I need to know about pain?

You shouldn’t have to put up with pain in your legs because you believe it’s a normal part of getting older. Talk with a health care professional to see if your leg pain is a sign of a larger health problem, such as 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
  • Leg pain could be caused by narrowed, hardened arteries from PAD
  • In the worst form of PAD, called critical limb ischemia (CLI), the obstructed blood flow is so bad that the pain can be intolerable20
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The good news is there are many treatment options for PAD. So don’t wait. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor now. Ask your doctor if a limb salvage program or revascularization procedures are available. If a program isn’t available or your doctor is not aware of these treatment options for PAD, you might want to consult a PAD specialist. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.

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.

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