What’s Blood Pressure Got to Do with Your Feet?
At NY Foot Health, we know that your podiatrist is just one member of your medical team. In recognition of American Heart Month, we’d like to offer some information about high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. High blood pressure is directly associated with heart disease. It often occurs in patients with atherosclerosis or a buildup of plaque in blood vessels. This condition can lead to decreased circulation which is a big problem for legs and feet. Lack of blood flow to the lower extremities can contribute to the development of wounds and ulcers. Decreased circulation can make these harder to heal and, in the worst-case scenarios, can lead to infection and even amputation. High blood pressure is also associated with an increased risk of diabetes—another disease that can have a devastating impact on your feet.
Know the Signs
Your legs and feet can also be the place where signs of high blood pressure and circulation problems show themselves. Look out for:
Changes in skin color and/or temperature in your feet
Loss of hair on your legs or feet
Cramping in feet and legs, especially with exercise
If you notice any of the above symptoms, it’s important that you make an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible. If you don’t currently have a podiatrist, we can help you find a qualified foot doctor in your area with our online directory.
Your feet are affected by and affect the health of the rest of your body. Keep your podiatrist up to date with any new medical conditions or medications you are taking. A total body approach to your health is your best bet for a long and healthy life.