Your Feet Can Offer Important Information About Heart Health

February is American Heart Month, and it’s a good time to remember when you schedule your annual visit with a board-certified podiatrist like Cook County foot doctor Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, you’re not just taking care of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. The health of this part of your body can offer important information about other illnesses, including heart disease.

Numbness and tingling in the feet are common, especially among older men and women. This can be a sign associated with numerous conditions, including diabetes. It’s also a signifier of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), a serious cardiovascular disease. PAD occurs when plaque builds up in the arteries and blood cannot flow freely.

Another sign of diminished circulation is a change in the appearance of the skin on the feet. Skin may start to look blue or shiny.

Swelling of the feet and ankles can occur at any time, and for reasons ranging from pregnancy to a job that requires hours of standing. It can also occur when fluid builds up in the body because the heart has become weakened and is beginning to fail.

Of course, any of these symptoms – numbness, skin changes, or swelling – can be symptoms of a variety of conditions. Your podiatrist is a medical expert with years of specialized education and training, including a hospital residency and is the best-qualified doctor to care for this part of your body. A visit with your podiatrist will include a thorough examination of your feet, ankles, and lower legs; a specific and accurate diagnosis; and the creation of an effective and individualized plan for your care and follow up.

Are you worried about the effect of heart disease on your foot health, or do you have another concern about the wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment to see Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

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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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