Give your feet a little extra love this Valentine's Day!
Your feet may be at the other end of your body, but they can also offer some insight into the state of your heart.
Swelling in your feet, legs and ankles can be a sign that your heart isn't pumping blood as effectively as it should. When the heart can't pump fast enough, blood backs up in the veins and causes swelling.
While swelling alone does not signal heart disease, your chiropodist can check for other signs that something might be amiss. Decreased hair growth on the feet and ankles, purplish toes, and thin or shiny skin can all indicate a problem.
Effective treatment is more likely with an early diagnosis. A simple test that compares blood pressure in the ankles to blood pressure in the arms can confirm any concerns and get patients on track for treatment