What leg pain might I experience if I have peripheral artery disease?

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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which blockages are present in the arteries that supply the legs or feet (and sometimes the arms) with blood. Many patients with PAD do not have any symptoms. Patients who have PAD in their legs may experience a cramping or aching feeling in their calves when they walk. This leg pain (called claudication) usually occurs on one side or the other, depending on which leg has tighter artery blockages.

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