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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Leg numbness, cramping require evaluation to determine source and treatment

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been on medication to treat peripheral artery disease for nearly a year, but it doesn't seem to help the numbness and cramping in my legs. Are stents always effective in treating symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or is there a chance I'll still have symptoms even with stents?

ANSWER: Your leg numbness and cramping could be connected to peripheral artery disease. Or they could be related to something else. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, and ask for an evaluation to confirm their source. If peripheral artery disease is the cause, look into additional treatment. That treatment could include a procedure to open the arteries, such as stenting. But...