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Posts for: February, 2017

Dr Sheldon Fleishman Podiatrist Blue Springs, MO Your feet and HeartDid you know that certain foot and leg problems can be early signs of an underlying medical problem?  Diabetes, arterial diseases, and heart disease are just a few serious health conditions that our feet can warn us about and take precaution to seek medical attention. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, and more specifically is the #1 killer of women.  Since February is American Heart Month, let’s take a look at a few ways your feet may indicate you need to check your heart.

Lack of Hair on Toes and Feet

Many people would jump at the chance to permanently get rid of the hair on their feet, but if you experience foot hair loss without shaving or Nair, it could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD). This condition occurs when plaque builds up in your leg arteries and decreases circulation. Your toes could also turn purple due to this medical condition.

Cold or Pale Feet

If you experience cold or pale feet, especially when occurring in only one foot, this could be another sign of PAD. The lack of blood flow to the affected limb can make it difficult for your feet to stay warm. Since PAD can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and amputations, this is certainly not a "wait and see" type of symptom.

Red Streaks Visible Under Toenails

Red streaks under the toenails could be what is known as splinter hemorrhages. Small blood clots under your nails cause these visible red lines, and this could indicate that you have a heart infection. If you recognize these small lines and haven't recently sustained an injury to the toes that could explain the burst capillaries, you should seek out medical attention. If left untreated, this infection can lead to heart failure.

Foot Swelling

Swollen feet can be caused by anything from being pregnant to traveling long distances in confined spaces. Unfortunately, it could also be a symptom of heart failure. The presence of this symptom means something is causing your heart to not pump blood as it's supposed to. Around 5 million Americans suffer from congestive heart failure, so don't fall for the inaccurate assumption that this is a rare condition you wouldn't typically encounter.

If you or someone you know experiences any of the above foot problems, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for a consultation. Call to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

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