Do you know how well blood blows from your heart to other parts of your body? Changes in the appearance of your feet and ankles can be an indication of a circulation problem. February is American Heart Month, and poor circulation is one of the complications that can impact your heart health — and overall health. There are other risk factors, too.
This month, the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates want to share a few tips to help you improve your circulation. Proper blood flow allows you to feel your best. Follow these five tips to make some heart-healthy changes.
Consider this an urgent, time-sensitive request from our team of doctors. Smoking is one of the most harmful habits that can impact your health. Most importantly, it plays a major role in reducing blood flow throughout the body.
Adding daily exercise to your routine can be a fun way to boost your circulation. Exercise is more fun when you are with others, whether a part of a class or in a group chat for accountability. Find an exercise that is best for you. Consult a doctor before beginning something new.
Prioritize your plate
Choose heart-healthy foods that will help you avoid surprises during your next checkup. We’re talking about proteins and vegetables instead of processed foods. Pay attention to portion sizes, too. Are you hungry, or is eating at a certain time a habit?
Help with hydration
There is a chance that you are not drinking as much water as you should. Stay hydrated with clear beverages that are low in sugar. Avoid sugary sports drinks and alcohol. While exercising, hydration helps you perform at your best, too. When you see sweat, remember that you need to replenish your liquids.
Practice measuring your blood pressure
Do you know how to measure your blood pressure? If heart disease runs in your family, taking control can start at home. Ask your doctor how to measure your blood pressure. Create a regular schedule and contact your doctor if you notice any changes.
Poor circulation has consequences. Blood flow plays a significant role in healing. People with poor circulation may experience slow-healing wounds or wounds that don’t heal at all. The results could be an infection or even amputation. We’re here to help.
At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, fractures, running injuries, sports injuries, pediatric foot care, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, and neuromas. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
Are you paying attention to your feet? Whether you’ve noticed slow-healing wounds or cold feet, poor circulation can be a sign of another condition: heart disease. February is American Heart Month, and the doctors at West Hartford Podiatry Associates are raising awareness about how circulation issues in your feet can signal heart disease.
What is circulation?
The simple answer is how blood moves around the body. As blood moves, it carries oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells. It also takes away waste products. Proper blood flow is critical to a person’s health. Here are three ways to improve your circulation and reduce your risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease, which occurs when arteries become narrowed by plaque.
- Stop smoking
Did you know that smoking can thicken your blood, making it harder for your blood to carry oxygen? This complication is just one way that chemicals in tobacco smoke affect how well blood moves around your body. Smoking also increases your risk for heart disease and raises your blood pressure and heart rate. Both conditions make your heart work harder. Over time, smoking can contribute to atherosclerosis, which is a build-up of plaque in arteries.
- Start moving
Do you have an exercise schedule? Adding this healthy habit to your lifestyle improves circulation. Yoga is an example of a low-impact exercise. Jogging is an example of cardiovascular exercise. Research has shown that physical activity can improve how well the body takes in and uses oxygen.
- Switch eating habits
Add a healthy diet to your new exercise plan. Both will help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is another way to improve your circulation. When choosing food options, avoid saturated fats and processed foods.
We care about your heart health, and we know how it can impact your foot health, too. We encourage you to stop smoking, start moving, and switch eating habits. At West Hartford Podiatry Associates, Harvey Lederman, DPM, Marc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprains, athlete’s foot, bunions, diabetic wounds, fungal toenails, hammertoes, heel pain, neuromas, and warts. We provide the best podiatric solutions to patients of all ages in Hartford County. Contact us for your foot and ankle needs. Our office is at 2531 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117.
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