Although the symptoms are mistaken for other diseases, the common symptoms that occur with peripheral artery disease are:
- Weakness, occurrence of painful cramps in the hips, and pain in thigh or calf muscles after any physical activity such as stair climbing or short walks.
- Numbness or persistent weakness in the limbs.
- One leg (lower part) becomes cold in comparison to the other side.
- Slow healing of wounds or sores in the toe.
- Colour of the leg keeps changing.
- Little or slow hair growth in the legs and feet.
- Appearance of shiny skin in the legs and slow growth of toenails.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Pain may also occur while the patient is resting or lying down, if the disorder is in progress. The pain is intense, and can also disturb sleep. For temporary relief from pain, the patient may hang legs over the edge of the bed or walk around for awhile.