Symptoms of femoral artery problems vary based on the disease or condition, but may include loss of feeling, numbness or tingling in the legs, and trouble with knee extension due to femoral neuropathy or femoral nerve damage, according to Healthline. Additional symptoms of femoral artery problems are a dull ache in the genital region, weakness in the lower extremities, and a feeling that the knee or leg is going to give out.
The symptoms typically appear after walking a distance, and toe and foot pain may linger as the disease worsens, advises WebMD. Changes in the skin of the feet or legs signify advanced peripheral arterial disease. Lifestyle changes, prescription medications and surgery are treatment options for peripheral arterial disease.
The most common location for peripheral arterial disease, which is the blocking or narrowing of arteries, is in the legs, notes WebMD. Peripheral arterial disease of the legs does not typically cause symptoms, but an individual may feel the thigh, buttock or calf squeeze, ache or tighten. Trouble with balancing or walking, numb and cold toes and feet, erectile dysfunction, and tired or weak legs are additional symptoms of peripheral arterial disease of the legs.
A doctor begins treatment of femoral neuropathy by identifying and correcting the underlying cause of the condition, explains Healthline. Medications, including cortisone injections, as well as physical therapy and surgery, are treatment options.