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By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
September 24, 2021
Category: Foot Care
High Blood Pressure and Your FeetWhether you are concerned about high blood pressure or you already have been diagnosed with this chronic condition you may be surprised to hear that it can also impact your feet. After all, your blood pressure affects your circulatory system, which in turn impacts the body as a whole. Since uncontrolled or improperly controlled hypertension can damage blood vessels of the feet, you must have a podiatrist you can turn to to make sure your condition is under control.

What problems does high blood pressure pose?

People with hypertension often deal with plaque buildup in the blood vessels. This is known as atherosclerosis. Plaque buildup also causes a decrease in circulation in the legs and feet. This can also increase your risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD). Over time, this decreased circulation can also lead to ulcers and, in more severe cases, amputation. This is why it’s incredibly important that you have a podiatrist that you turn to regularly for checkups and care if you have been diagnosed with hypertension.

What are the signs of poor circulation in the feet?
 

Wondering if you may already be dealing with poor circulation? Here are some of the telltale signs:

  • Your feet and legs cramp up, especially during physical activity
  • Color changes to the feet
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Temperature changes in your feet
  • Hair loss on the legs or feet
  • Sores
If you are dealing with any of these symptoms you must schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Simple physical exams and non-invasive tests can be conducted to determine how much loss of circulation is occurring in the feet. Your podiatrist will work with your primary doctor to make sure that your current medication is properly controlling your blood pressure.

By getting your blood pressure under control we can also reduce your risk for developing PAD, heart disease, and other complications associated with hypertension. Some medications can be prescribed by your podiatrist to improve peripheral artery disease. Surgery may also be necessary to remove the blockage or widen the blood vessel to improve blood flow to the legs and feet.

If you are worried about your hypertension and how it may be impacting the health of your feet, there is never a better time to turn to a podiatrist for answers, support, and care.

By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
September 14, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Are you suffering from irritating foot pain and don’t know its cause? This may be due to an inflammation in your foot called plantar fasciitis. Learn more about plantar fasciitis from your Columbus and Dublin, OH, podiatrists of Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is the band of ligaments that bonds the heel to the front of your foot. When inflammation affects the plantar fascia, it will cause a foot disorder called plantar fasciitis. The disorder will cause foot pain and stiffness.

What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?

Many life habits and health conditions can increase your risk of suffering from plantar fasciitis. The following are examples of these:

  • Pregnant women at the last months of pregnancy
  • Overweight and obese patients, especially those who gained the extra weight suddenly
  • Athletes who run for long distances, putting high pressure on their foot and heel
  • Patients with other foot disorders

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Pain is one common symptom of the disease. Pain associated with the disorder usually starts dull and then becomes sharp with time. It will also reach its peak in the morning and after doing any physical activity that requires walking or running. Another common symptom is foot stiffness. The stiffness will make it hard for the patient to perform regular daily activities like climbing the stairs.

What are the treatment options for plantar fasciitis in Columbus and Dublin, OH?

Your podiatrist will perform the needed examinations to diagnose the disorder. After you are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, the podiatrist will customize your treatment plan. Home treatments that include rest, icing, and using braces and anti-inflammatory medications are effective treatment measures in most patients.

If you have tried all these options and the pain is still present, your physician will recommend an injection of a corticosteroid directly into the damaged section of the ligament.

In some rare cases, surgical intervention is required to solve the problem.

Contact us

Learn more about plantar fasciitis treatment options from your Columbus and Dublin, OH, podiatrists of Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group. Call (614) 761-1466 for the Dublin, OH, office, (614) 267-8387 for the first Columbus, OH, office, and (614) 272-2313 for the second Columbus, OH, office.