February is Heart Health Month.  Did you know there is a correlation between your heart health and your feet?  Some of you may be saying, “No way! How is there a relation between the two?”  Actually, paying attention to changes in your feet can be early detection clues for high blood pressure.  People with hypertension (high blood pressure) often have a buildup of plaque in their blood vessels.  This condition leads to decreased circulation in peoples’ legs and feet, otherwise known as the condition called “PAD” (peripheral arterial disease).  People who have this, often develop ulcerations in their legs and feet, due to this decreased blood circulation to their extremities.  These ulcerations can even lead to amputations! (YIKES!)

So, not only is it important to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis, you should pay attention to possible symptoms of hypertension that will exhibit themselves in your feet!  Dr. James C. Ricketti and Dr. Stephen J. Skokan often see patients who visit due to cramping in their feet and legs.  This can happen to people for MANY reasons, however, high blood pressure is one of them. 

A good rule of thumb for when to visit your podiatrist is if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • CRAMPING IN THE FEET (AND LEGS), especially during exercise
  • CHANGES IN FOOT COLOR!
  • SORES ON YOUR FEET OR LEGS THAT TAKE A LONG TIME TO HEAL, OR DON’T HEAL AT ALL
  • CHANGES IN FOOT TEMPERATURE
  • LOSS OF HAIR ON YOUR FEET AND OR LEGS
  • SWELLING IN YOUR FEET AND LEGS (which can be a sign of heart disease)

Come in and see us at our convenient Hamilton, NJ location, and we will conduct a careful examination to determine if your feet, are in fact, exhibiting signals that your heart health is not quite on track.  Be sure to mention to us if you are taking any medications currently for the treatment of high blood pressure, or if you have already been diagnosed with hypertension from your general physician!  This is important to divulge, as some medications that may be prescribed to you for a foot or ankle condition could interact with your blood pressure medications!  So, please, pay attention to your feet, they can be a window into your heart health!  And don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any foot concerns, we are here to help!

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