PAD is a chronic disease in which the legs have clogged arteries. Usually, this formation occurs gradually. It is more common in elderly people. Smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglyceride, diabetes, kidney failure, and obesity can increase your risk for PAD.
Muscle fatigue or cramps when walking
Pain in the toes or feet during rest
Toes or feet wound
High cholesterol or high triglycerides
High blood pressure
PAD is often treated by aggressively managing risk factors with lifestyle changes and medications. It can help you quit smoking, control blood pressure and cholesterol, control diabetes, and lose weight. Additionally, following an exercise program faithfully can improve the symptoms of PAD in many cases.
If PAD causes serious symptoms, most treatments, such as balloon angioplasty, stent placement, or surgical bypass, can be very effective in improving blood flow to the affected leg.