Your Feet and Your Heart: What’s the Connection?

Most people don’t realize it, but our feet and hearts go hand in hand. So, it makes sense that one of the ways you can keep your heart healthy is to keep your feet healthy. Today, because February is American Heart Month, Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center are sharing information regarding the connection between your feet and your heart, symptoms to watch for, and tips to keep them both healthy and happy.

As you know, your heart is the muscle that pumps blood through your body. Your blood is responsible for transporting nutrients and oxygen to the cells in your body, from the ends of your toes to the tips of your fingers.

And your heart health can be related to your foot health. Because your feet reflect your general health, problems with your feet can be the initial sign of more serious medical issues such as peripheral artery disease, diabetes, neuropathy, and heart disease.

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist right away.

  • Achiness, fatigue, pain, burning, or discomfort in the muscles of your calves, thighs, or feet. Symptoms typically emerge during exercise or walking and diminish after several moments of rest.
  • Swelling in lower legs and feet. It is an indication of a heart problem. When your heart isn’t pumping enough blood, fluid can accumulate in your legs and feet, causing swelling.
  • Numbness in your feet or legs when you are resting. When this occurs, your skin may look pale, and your legs may feel cool to the touch.

How to keep your feet and your heart happy and healthy.

  • Consuming a nutritious diet that includes vegetables, fresh fruit, and whole grains.
  • Exercising at least 30 minutes a day. Keep in mind that walking for exercise is the number one way to keep your FEET and your HEART healthy!
  • Get regular screening examinations. Your podiatrist can help identify more serious medical problems such as stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about the health of your feet, make an appointment with one of the experts at greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center so we can evaluate your condition and recommend treatment. Click here to locate the office nearest you.

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