Other conditions with symptoms similar to peripheral arterial disease

Leg pain can be caused by a variety of problems that may be confused with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), such as:

Other conditions can also cut off blood flow to the leg and produce symptoms similar to PAD. But these are conditions that can happen suddenly. They include:

  • A blood clot (embolism) in the leg.
  • Swelling of muscle tissue that cuts off blood flow (compartment syndrome).

Last Updated: October 16, 2009

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