Ischaemia occurs when plaque (a fatty deposit) builds up on your artery walls causing a restriction in the flow of blood and oxygen to tissues. Limb ischaemia most commonly affects the legs and feet. It is a severe form of peripheral arterial disease but can also occur due to a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis).
- Pain in the lower limbs even when at rest
- Open sores in your lower limbs that fail to heal
- Loss of muscle strength in your lower limbs
- Change in skin colour in your lower limbs
- Lower limbs become very cold or feel numb
- Swelling in your lower limbs
Related tests and scans
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