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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Your heart and your feet have a very loving relationship. The feet help the heart by enabling you to be active and get regu

lar exercise. The heart helps the feet by maintaining good circulation which aids in the prevention and healing of many foot conditions. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want to offer some tips on heart health to celebrate this beautiful relationship. You can make small changes in your life that have a big impact on your cardiovascular health:

  • Manage your plate, manage your weight—maintaining a healthy weight is very important for good heart health. A total diet makeover is overwhelming. Instead, start small: substitute a vegetable for bread or potatoes at one meal a day, use a smaller plate to encourage smaller portions, add color to your plate with fruits and vegetables that are packed with nutrients and vitamins.
  • Get moving—don’t have time to work out 30 minutes a day? Build in activity: pace while you talk on the phone, take a walk around the parking lot while waiting to pick up your kids from soccer practice, park in the farthest spot away from the supermarket.
  • Make heart health a family affair—turn healthy living into an enjoyable part of family life. Educate kids about good nutrition and let them help plan meals and pick out fruits at the grocery store. Take a family bike ride or hike on the weekends.
  • Inspect your feet regularly—how does this help your heart? Many signs of high blood pressure first reveal themselves in the feet. If you notice cramping in your feet (particularly when you exercise), changes in skin color or temperature, hair loss on your feet or legs or sores on your feet that seem slow to heal, contact our Washington office at once by calling 724-225-7410. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will want to do a complete podiatric examination of your feet and ankles and may refer you to your internist for additional testing to see if you have high blood pressure.

It’s not difficult to increase your heart health and the benefits are beyond measure.