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Why is Leg Pain Concerning?

Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage caused by diabetes) is a common cause of severe tingling, burning, and numbness in the legs. It's critical to distinguish the specific type and location of any leg pain for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Claudication, or leg discomfort that occurs when walking or exercising, is a symptom of peripheral artery disease.

Leg discomfort can also be caused by blood clots (deep vein thrombosis). Arthritis frequently causes pain in the knee and ankle joints of the leg. Sciatica (back pain caused by disc disease) can extend down the leg and is a common cause of leg discomfort.

One of the diagnosis we can discus is PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease). Peripheral artery disease is a kind of arterial insufficiency in which blood flow via the arteries (blood vessels that transport blood away from the heart) is reduced.

High blood cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, hypertension, inactivity, and overweight/obesity are all risk factors for peripheral artery disease. Peripheral artery disease is thought to affect a small percentage of persons over the age of 50.

The location and extent of the blocked arteries determine the symptoms of peripheral arterial disease. Intermittent claudication is the most frequent sign of peripheral artery disease, which manifests as discomfort (typically in the calf) that arises during walking and fades at rest.

Leg pain can be serious and delaying treatment could have adverse effects on your health. 

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Kelly Miles Current Director of Business Development & Operations at PeachState Advanced Cardiac & Endovascular- PACE. Kelly has a passion for helping others navigate the healthcare industry and ensuring quality outcomes. She lives in Newnan, GA with her husband and children.

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