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.

  1. Stop smoking

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.

  1. Get active

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.

  1. 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?

  1. 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.

  1. 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 AssociatesHarvey Lederman, DPMMarc Lederman, DPM, and Kurt Rode, DPM treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as ankle sprainsfracturesrunning injuriessports injuriespediatric foot carebunionshammertoesheel 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.