In acknowledgment of the importance of the ongoing fight against cardiovascular disease, February is set aside for American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. It’s the perfect time to focus on heart health. Did you know that your feet can give you valuable information on the health of your heart? It’s true. Here we will explore the connection between heart and foot health.
Peripheral arterial disease, PAD, is commonly known as poor blood circulation. This is when your artery walls narrow, often due to high cholesterol. This condition reduces the amount of oxygen-rich blood that gets to your hands and feet.
This can affect the heart, causing a heart attack, or even cause a stroke. The people at the highest risk for PAD are those over the age of 50, smokers, people with high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or a family history of PAD or heart disease.
PAD can cause complications with your foot health. Even minor issues like blisters, sores, or cuts can cause problems because blood flow is limited, and the normal healing process is slowed down.
Normal foot problems, such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections, may also worsen with PAD. Any foot injuries will have trouble healing or may not heal at all. All these are signs of heart trouble.
These can all be managed by an experienced podiatrist, but you must not wait. Contact someone right away for professional treatment before PAD can lead to major health risks.
For more tips, or if you are experiencing any foot issues, see your foot doctor for proper treatment and help to prevent complications. At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Melissa Robitaille and Dr. Todd Newsom treat all types of foot and ankle disorders including, bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, and heel pain. Equipped with leading-edge technologies such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and laser surgery for toenail fungus, we provide specialized, compassionate service for patients in the Pooler, Georgia area of Chatham County. For any pain and discomfort you are experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact us today at (912) 988-3323.