Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a circulation disorder that causes narrowing of blood vessels to parts of the body other than the brain and heart.
Symptoms of peripheral vascular disease in the legs are dull, cramping pain in one or both calves, thighs, or hips when walking, called intermittent claudication.
Other symptoms of peripheral vascular disease include:
- buttock pain,
- numbness or tingling in the legs,
- weakness, burning or aching pain in the feet or toes while resting,
- a sore on a leg or a foot that will not heal,
- one or both legs or feet feel cold or change color (pale, bluish, dark reddish),
- hair loss on the legs, and
Causes of peripheral vascular disease include peripheral artery disease due to atherosclerosis, blood clots, diabetes, inflammation of the arteries, infection, injury, and structural defects of the blood vessels.