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) 273-5119.