February is American Heart Month – a time when the American Heart Association encourages us all to focus on improving our heart health. One of the best ways to keep our hearts pumping well is to get regular exercise. That’s pretty common knowledge. It’s much less common, however, to find the person who understands the relationship between a well-working heart and healthy feet. Fortunately, the expert podiatrists at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists are here to explain that vital connection.
- Foot problems may indicate heart problems. Lower limb symptoms such as ulcers that heal slowly or don’t heal at all, pain, numbness, and swelling may indicate a problem with your heart and your entire cardiovascular system. Hardened arteries reduce blood flow to your feet. Exercise greatly reduces your risk of atherosclerosis.
- Heart disease, high blood pressure, and foot problems can go hand-in-hand if you’re overweight. It’s not uncommon for our podiatrists, Dr. Heidi M. Christie and Dr. Chanda L. Day-Houts, to treat patients in Montgomery County for weight-related problems such as heel pain and flat feet. Exercise helps keep you at a healthy weight, which eases the stress on your heart, lowers your blood pressure, and lessens the burden on your feet.
- Exercise fights the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affects your heart and your circulation, which in turn causes myriad foot problems.
- Exercise is tough when your feet hurt. Even if you’re committed to exercising for heart health, your efforts may be thwarted because of foot pain. When your feet are in pain, you’re a lot less likely to stick to an exercise plan. Stay on track by fixing your aching feet. We can help you with custom orthotic inserts, pain medications, shoe recommendations, and foot surgery when necessary.
Daily exercise promotes heart health and a healthy heart promotes good foot health. So now you can add “healthy feet” to your list of reasons to exercise. Make an appointment with us in Montgomery, Alabama when foot pain keeps you from exercising, if you have unexplained pain or swelling, or if you have any other concerns about your feet. Call (334) 396-3668 or contact us online.