You’ve Got to Have Heart and Sole

February is National Heart Month and here at Superior Foot & Ankle Center we want patients to understand the vital connection between heart and podiatric health. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major contributing factor to heart disease. Hypertension can lead to peripheral artery disease and other circulation problems which can have a significant impact on your feet. Poor circulation, particularly in patients with diabetes can lead to sores and ulcers forming on your feet and increase the risk of amputation. Here are some other facts about hypertension:

  • 90 percent of American adults are expected to develop high blood pressure during their lifetimes
  • It’s the number one risk factor in women’s deaths in the U.S. and the number two for men
  • High blood pressure is more prevalent in blacks than whites and also develops earlier in life

Fight Back

There are a number of ways that you can help reduce your risk of hypertension:

  • Know your numbers—get your blood pressure checked regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight—add more colorful fruits and vegetables to your plate, reduce carbs and sugars
  • Exercise regularly—look for small ways to increase activity: park farther away from your office entrance, pace while you talk on the phone
  • Reduce sodium in your diet—read labels and make more meals at home using herbs, non-sodium seasonings, citrus fruits and other flavorful ingredients to spice up your dishes
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Don’t smoke
  • If your doctor prescribes medication for hypertension take as directed

If you have not been diagnosed with hypertension but you are experiencing cramping in your feet or changes in feet’s skin color or temperature, make an appointment at our Long Beach office by calling: to see one of our podiatrists, Dr. Victoria M. Foley or Dr. Constance Ornelas. These may be early warning signs of high blood pressure or another condition that the foot doctor will want to evaluate.