Feet Can Hold Clues to Heart Health: MI Podiatrist
If you’re wondering about the health of your heart, try looking at your feet. The lowly, stepped-on, shoe-squished foot could very well hold clues about the state of your coronary arteries. If your feet show signs of poor circulation – or peripheral arterial disease – your heart could be suffering as well. Dr. Marisha Stawiski, a Grand Rapids podiatrist, says she regularly checks patients for the subtle signs that could indicate PAD. A loss of hair on the feet is one possible sign of poor circulation.
That doesn’t mean that people who have always had smooth, rather hairless feet have PAD, she said. “But if you have somebody with a lot of body hair and none on their feet and ankles, it could indicate an arterial issue,” she said. Different pulses, very cold feet, or a change in color also could indicate a problem. If she sees any signs of PAD, Stawiski recommends a simple, non-invasive test called an ankle-brachial index. It compares the blood pressure in the ankles to the blood pressure in the arms.Source: Sue Thoms, The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com [2/6/12]