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High Blood Pressure

Your Cincinnati podiatrist is concerned with all aspects of your health and will be particularly interested in the proper detection, treatment and control of hypertension (high blood pressure) and vascular disease (problems with the heart and circulatory systems). If you have any of the following cardiovascular or related ailments, notify your podiatrist immediately.

Hypertension and/or Cardiovascular Disease: Due to the decreased circulation that some hypertension sufferers experience, your podiatrist will test for signs of the disease, such as a decreased temperature in the extremities, a changing of normal skin color or diminished pulse in one or both feet. All of these indicate arterial insufficiency, otherwise known as reduced blood flow. Your Cincinnati podiatrist may also look for swollen feet and legs, which is a major sign that hypertension has contributed to heart disease.

Rheumatic Heart Disease: Sufferers of rheumatic heart disease are typically prescribed prophylactic antibiotics prior to any surgical intervention. If you are taking any medications for heart conditions, high blood pressure or any other reason, notify your physician immediately. This is to ensure that the medications and antibiotics do not conflict with one another.

Diabetes: This ailment attacks the smaller arteries, which can cause a decrease in circulation and sensitivity in the extremities. Your physician should be told if you have ever been diagnosed with diabetes, and especially if you are taking medication or insulin for the condition.

Ulceration: If you are experiencing open sores that refuse to heal or that heal incredibly slowly, this can indicate an anemia, such as sickle cell disease. Ulceration can also be a sign of hypertension or some inflammatory conditions of the blood vessels. Be sure to mention these signs to your physician if you have experienced them.

Swollen Feet: If one or both of your feet continuously swell, it could indicate kidney, heart or circulatory issues.

Burning Feet: A burning sensation that originates with your feet is usually caused by a decrease in circulation.

How to Control High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is one of the most important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. If not controlled properly, high blood pressure can lead to fatal strokes and heart disease. Swollen feet are sometimes a symptom of this condition. Your Cincinnati podiatrist is dedicated to controlling this drastic public health problem. This will be accomplished by covering three major areas.

Detection: Your physician will take your blood pressure to check for elevation.

Treatment: If your blood pressure is elevated, your physician will make a note in your patient record and may then refer you to your primary care physician for evaluation, diagnosis and proper treatment.

Long-Term Control: Your Cincinnati podiatrist physician will attempt to control hypertension over a long period of time by monitoring your blood pressure, taking note of treatment side effects and by referring you for reevaluation if necessary.

If you suspect that you have high blood pressure or need treatment for swollen feet in the Cincinnati area, call The Center for Foot Care to make an appointment by calling (513) 206 – 8448.

on 24, Jul 2017
I have a job that requires me to wear heels and stand on my feet all day. After years of doing this I have developed a neuroma that has become very painful. I saw Dr. Titko and she gave me options on how to go about correcting this problem. After several visits I’m happy to report I am painfree and able to walk comfortably in my work shoes once again. Thank you Dr. Titko !
Stacey
on 24, Jul 2017
I first met Dr. Kristin Titko at a diabetes focus group at UC. Her presentation on various options to treat diabetes complications of the legs and feet sounded hopeful, as I had visited another foot care specialist who advised me he could do nothing to help me. In speaking with Dr. Kris after the meeting concerning my issues, she told me to come see her. Thankfully I made an appointment and will remain ever grateful to her for her professional care. Dr. Titko is friendly and caring, and listened to the problems I was experiencing (toe fungus and planter’s fibromas on both feet.) I was treated with laser therapy which completely healed my toe fungus and referred to a specific physical therapist who completely cleared up the fibromas in both feet. Additionally, she took biopsies which confirmed that my legs and feet were free of neuropathy (which is music to the ears of a Type 1 diabetic.) I continue to see her periodically for checkups. All things being said, Dr. Titko’s professional expertise allowed me take my life back by bringing me to a level of physical activity that I hadn’t experienced in several years. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone who is looking for a foot care specialist, especially diabetics. She treats you like family and you can place your trust in her.
Linda
on 24, Jul 2017
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on 24, Jul 2017
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Jillian
on 24, Jul 2017
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Christa
on 24, Jul 2017
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Kevin
on 24, Jul 2017
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John W
on 24, Jul 2017
Dr Titko is by far one of the most professional doctors I’ve ever met. She treats you like family and ensures any problems you have are taken care of as quickly as possible. I was working a job where I had to stand on concrete all day in boots. She made custom Orthotics for my boots that did wonders for my feet and helped relieve the pain. Thank you for everything Dr Titko.-Scott Dr. Titko is fantastic! I had an ingrown toenail that had been bothering me off and on, and affected my running. She removed it and now my toe feels so much better. I would highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone needing a great podiatrist.
RIch
on 24, Jul 2017
I met you at the West Chester Jingle Mingle in December. In our conversation I mentioned that my son Landen Myers was having some problems with his feet and after meeting with 2 specialists already, the problem was getting worse, not better. After one meeting with you and six weeks later, your recommended home treatment has him pain free and nearly back to 100%. He plays baseball for Ohio State and his first game is two weeks. THANK YOU for getting him healthy in time for the season!
Scott
on 24, Jul 2017
After experiencing foot pain for way too long, I set up an appointment with Dr. Titko. Dr. Titko immediately identified what was causing the pain. She took care of an issue I was having to ease the pain, took x-rays and will have a treatment plan by my next visit. I truly appreciate her approach and respect for my time. Dr. Titko was professional and focused but, also very personable with a great sense of humor which made for a pleasant experience despite why I was there! Her staff was friendly and efficient getting me back right on time and out quickly. I highly recommend Dr. Titko to anyone experiencing similar issues.
Marcia