Healthy Feet Can Help Keep Your Heart Healthy

A recent study by the American Podiatric Medical Association has found that 72% of Americans say that foot pain is preventing them from exercising. These foot issues preventing exercise are a huge setback for women looking to lose weight and improve their overall health.

The feet should be examined regularly to check for signs of heart disease. Swelling in the foot and ankle, called edema, is abnormal and can be a sign of congestive heart failure. When the heart is weakened and cannot pump as strongly as it should, blood will pool in the lower parts of the body, especially the foot and ankle. While this swelling can be a sign of heart disease, it can also indicate many other ailments including trauma, insect bites, medications and other circulatory problems such as venous stasis. Patients should try to relieve swelling by elevating the legs above the heart when possible, applying mild pressure with support stockings and possible trying a low salt diet to reduce the amount of fluid being held in the body. A podiatrist should be consulted if swelling of the feet persists, is painful or worsen. Being able to exercise comfortably and without foot pain is a goal Dr. Karen Kellogg has for all of her patients. Dr. Karen Kellogg is a doctor of podiatry and specializes in all aspects affecting the foot and ankle. Dr. Kellogg completed a two year surgical residency training program where she received extensive training in foot and ankle surgery.

Dr. Kellogg and The Fairlawn Foot and Ankle team provide medical, surgical, rehabilitative treatments, Medicure filing services followed by pedicure treatments and Laser Light Therapy to treat nail Fungus.

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