What are the symptoms of peripheral artery disease?

PAD causes either acute or chronic ischemia (lack of blood supply) resulting in a dull, cramping pain in the legs, hips or buttocks when you exercise, that stops when you rest. This is a classic PAD symptom called claudication.

One of the classic symptoms of PAD is dull, cramping pain in the legs, hips, or buttocks that happens when you exercise. This pain stops when you rest — a symptom called intermittent claudication. Some people with PAD have pain even when they are not exercising.

Other symptoms of PAD include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the legs, feet, or toes
  • Changes in skin color (pale, bluish, or reddish coloration)
  • Cool skin (for example, in the legs, feet, arms, or hands)
  • Impotence
  • Infections/sores that do not heal

Symptoms usually appear in the part of the body that has blocked arteries. But people with PAD can also be symptom-free. So it is important to be aware of your risk. View our PAD risk checklist.