Heart disease poses many risks, including blockages that affect more than just coronary arteries. This condition is vascular disease, which often appears first in the feet. For this reason, those that suffer from heart disease need to schedule regular appointments with their podiatrists. Here at Alpine Foot Specialists, we recommend seeing us once every ten weeks, as well as performing your own daily foot care.
Why a Podiatrist?
Podiatrists are uniquely trained to watch for signs and symptoms of vascular disease. In particular, we can diagnose Peripheral Vascular Disease, PVD. This disease is due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries, most commonly in the legs. Risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol and/or blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes. If those risk factors apply to you, and you have been experiencing foot pain, it is important to see a podiatrist. Without early diagnosis, you can suffer extreme pain, as well as the following symptoms.
Symptoms include fatigue and/or pain in your legs and thighs when walking, foot or leg pain that interrupts your sleep, and slow-healing wounds on your feet or legs.
Treating Peripheral Vascular Disease
If you have been diagnosed with heart disease then you are at risk for PVD, and it is important to note any foot or leg symptoms. Our podiatrists can determine if you are suffering from Peripheral Vascular Disease and can recommend treatment. These options may include wound care, compression socks, a healthy diet, regular exercising, and more.
If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, or are at risk for PVD, schedule an appointment with Alpine Foot Specialists today!