Heart Disease Roars Back!

Heart disease is on the rise again… According to an article in the January 15th edition of the Wall Street Journal, heart disease is on the rise again in the U.S. The headline “Heart Disease Roars Back, Even in Healthy Places” couldn’t help but catch my eye. Even in a healthy state like Colorado, men and women in their 30s and 40s are seeing cardiologists with heart problems such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, and heart attacks. According to the article, “death rates from cardiovascular disease among people between the ages of 45 and 64 are rising in cities all across the country, including in some of the most unlikely places.” Two of the most common risk factors are obesity and diabetes. High blood pressure, drug and alcohol use, stress, and a lack of physical activity also play a role. These factors also increase the risk for people who are genetically disposed to heart disease, doctors say. What does this have to do with feet? Everything! Keeping your feet healthy so you can stay healthy is a mantra we’ve endorsed for years. We’ve seen how long-standing foot pain has led to inactivity. There is no better way to help prevent these risk factors than physical activity such as walking. According to some studies, walking 30 minutes 3-4 times per week can have a huge positive impact on blood pressure, diabetes, and heart health. We aren’t just in the business of solving foot problems; we’re here to help prevent serious health conditions such as heart disease. Is a long-standing foot condition keeping you from being physically active? Let us help you get back in the game… your heart will thank you!

Author
Paul Betschart, DPM Dr. Betschart has over 26 years of experience in treating patients of all ages with all kinds of foot and ankle conditions. His mission is to provide you with helpful information about foot and ankle issues and the latest developments in healthcare.

You Might Also Enjoy...

The secret to children's foot health!

Podiatrists are experts in treating children and teens. Podiatrists keep America’s kids active by keeping them on their feet and in the game. Children’s feet are still developing, and they are susceptible to a variety of conditions as they grow.

Awakened by a horse in bed!

Charley horse that is! The common term for a muscle cramp usually in the calf muscle. This post explains the basics of night time leg cramps

A Lifetime of Steps

Over your lifetime, your feet will carry you more than 216 million steps, or more than 100,000 miles. That’s a lot of time spent on your feet and, as you age, it becomes more important than ever to take good care of them.

Hit The Bricks!

Spring has sprung. This is the time that many people start or resume their running work outs. The feet are a runners most prized possessions so it is important to pay attention to them to keep them healthy.

Lumpy Bumpy Foot

There are many conditions that can cause a lump or bump on the foot. Some examples are bone spurs, ganglion cysts, bunions, abscess and various tumors. One such “tumor” is the plantar fibroma. These are benign growths in the substance of the plantar fascia