How High Blood Pressure Affects Your Feet
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the excessive force of blood pushing against the arterial walls as your heart pumps blood throughout your body. This added stress on the arteries can contribute to decreased blood flow and many other serious health risks. While high blood pressure affects your entire body, symptoms can be commonly seen in the lower legs and feet.
What’s the Difference between a Podiatrist (DPM) or Medical Doctor (MD)
What’s the difference between a DPM and an MD when it comes to treating foot, ankle, and lower leg problems? Would it surprise you to learn that DPMs - doctors of podiatric medicine - are far more than simply foot doctors? A medical doctor is trained to treat a wide array of problems and complaints. Only podiatrists are thoroughly and specifically trained to treat the lower legs, feet, and ankles.
How the Heat Affects Your Feet
Summer heat can be brutal and we’ve been experiencing extremely high temperatures so far this year in the Kansas City area. Prolonged periods of abnormally hot weather can cause foot, ankle, and lower leg problems. When temperatures soar into the high 90s and above, many people experience water retention, also known as heat-related edema. While this water retention occurs all over the body, gravity makes the swelling more obvious in the feet, ankles, and lower legs.
Tips for Pedicure Safety
Let’s face it, feet can get pretty gnarly if not properly taken care of. Heels get dry and need exfoliation. Skin gets dry and needs moisturizing. Nails need polishing to look presentable in summer sandals. Professional pedicures are a great way to keep your feet in tiptop shape, but how do you know if they are safe? There are health risks associated with foot soaking, nail trimming, and cuticle clipping in a salon where hundreds of other feet are serviced.