Be On the Lookout for Signs of Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month, and it’s a good opportunity for you to learn more about the unexpected connection between heart health and foot health. If you’re like most people, you probably imagine that the two things have little or nothing in common, but that’s a common misperception. In fact, the feet are often the first part of the body to exhibit symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

What’s the foot-heart connection? With every beat, your heart sends oxygen-rich blood throughout your body, where it is used by muscles, organs, and more. Because the feet are farthest from the heart, it is hardest to get the blood all the way to them. When the heart is compromised, the feet suffer. Podiatric signs of heart disease include:

  1. Foot pain: This is not a normal and unavoidable part of aging! Burning, stinging, or shooting foot pain might indicate trouble with your heart and should be reported to your foot doctor immediately.
  2. Swelling: Edema (swelling) in the feet can be caused by multiple issues, including heart disease. Your podiatrist is the best doctor to diagnose and treat the problem.
  3. Unhealed wounds (ulcers): It takes blood to heal a wound. When heart disease impact circulations, small nicks or cuts on the feet can refuse to heal, grow deep, and become infected. This is a particular problem for people with diabetes.
  4. Chill: Are your feet always cold, even in warm weather? Is it hard to warm them up? Do they appear to have a bluish tint? This might be due to poor circulation as a result of heart disease. Your podiatrist can determine the cause of your cold feet.

Are you worried about the effects of heart disease on the wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, or do you have another concern about their overall wellness? Schedule a convenient appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert office. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to learn more today.

Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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