Blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet are very common in people with diabetes, particularly after the age of 50. Smoking increases the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD) even more. The symptoms of PAD include:
- Pain or cramping in the legs while walking or climbing stairs that gets better with rest
- Slowly healing wounds on the legs or feet
- A lower temperature in one leg as compared to the other
- Weak pulses in one or both legs
- Abnormal skin, hair or nails on the legs or feet
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