February is American Heart Month and a reminder to share how foot health can also point to matters of the heart. From swelling to changes in your skin color, the doctors at New England Podiatry Associates want to know about new symptoms. They can be a sign of something as simple as an injury or warning signs of heart disease.
Skin color changes on feet
If your skin is changing colors, ring the alarm. Blue or purple may be a sign that you have a blockage in your blood vessels. It means that blood is not properly flowing throughout your body. While warm, if your skin is purple or blue, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.
Swelling of feet and ankles
Fluid buildup in your feet and ankles may be a sign that your heart isn’t working at its best. Fluid buildup can start in your feet, but it can also extend to your legs. If you don’t have recent memory of an injury or a reason for the swelling, schedule an appointment with your doctor. It may save your life.
Circulation describes how blood flows throughout your body, including to your limbs. Blood is nutrient-rich and contains oxygen. It plays an important role in healing the body, too. If you notice slow-healing wounds or wounds that are no longer healing, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Poor circulation is an early sign that you may need to take a closer look at your heart health.
Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of the body? Pay attention to what it may be telling you about your heart health. At New England Podiatry Associates, Dr. Michael Hass, Dr. Alan Green, Dr. Stephen Tubridy, Dr. Ronald Etskovitz, Dr. Raymond Murano III, and Dr. Catherine Jacobs treat a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, foot and ankle pain, pediatric foot care, ingrown toenails, and flat feet. Equipped with a board-certified podiatrists, team we offer two convenient locations to provide excellent care for patients in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Middlesex Counties. Contact our Chestnut Hill office at 617-232-1752 and our Newton-Wellesley office at 617-630-8280. We are still offering a telemedicine option for your safety and convenience.