The Heart-Feet Connection

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Have you ever heard the phrase “canary in the coal mine?” As the story goes, coal miners used to bring a bird in a cage with them when they went underground to do the job. The bird’s system was sensitive to dangerous gases on-site and, if the bird appeared ill or died, the miners knew that they were vulnerable to this silent killer and that they needed to get out and to fresh air quickly.

When it comes to your body, your feet play much the same role. Dangerous illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can have foot-related symptoms. In fact, sometimes, it’s those symptoms that lead to diagnosis. Do you know what to look for?

  • Diabetes is a whole-body illness in which the pancreas does not produce insulin appropriately. Consequently, blood glucose levels are not effectively regulated. Poor circulation can result. Small nicks and cuts can become infected and refuse to heal.

  • PAD occurs when arteries throughout the body are narrowed by plaque. Symptoms of PAD include pain in the legs when walking or at rest, a loss of hair on the feet, and very cold feet.

  • Many people with PAD have heart disease as well. Symptoms of heart disease include shortness of breath and pain in the chest. This is a dangerous situation requiring immediate medical attention.

If you are experiencing foot pain or if you have symptoms in your feet that make you feel concerned about your overall health and well-being, a trip to your podiatrist is in order. A foot doctor like Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova has years of training and experience in diagnosing and treating all illnesses of these parts of your body. Schedule a convenient appointment in Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care’s modern, comfortable Pikesville office. Call our friendly staff at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started today.