Peripheral arterial occlusive disease is a blockage or narrowing of an artery mostly in the legs but also rarely the arms. It is often a result from atherosclerosis and therefore common among older people. The result is a decreased blood flow. The symptoms depend on which artery is blocked and how severe the blockage is. Common symptoms are painful cramping in one or both of your hips, thighs or calf muscles after certain activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, leg numbness or weakness, coldness in your lower leg or foot, especially when compared with the other side.