It’s American Heart Month: Check Your Feet to Learn about Your Heart

foot healthCould you interview a group of people and figure out which ones are likely candidates for heart disease? You might ask them about the signs and symptoms that are pretty well-known – for example, chronic fatigue, chest pain, and shortness of breath. You might also remember to ask them about their blood pressure – is it higher or lower than it should be? If you’re…

5 Tips to Help You Hold onto Your Health and Fitness Resolutions

fitnessWhat happens about three weeks after the New Year holiday? Quitting happens, according to the fitness website strava.com. “Quitters Day,” January 19, is when many people abandon their fitness-related New Year’s resolutions. By some other accounts, 80% of us will last a little bit longer, giving up exercising and eating healthier around the first week of February. Quitter’s Day is probably not something you intend…

Tips to Avoid Holiday Pitfalls

Our podiatrists focus on our patient’s feet and ankles, but we’re happy when you’re in good health overall. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving’s fast approaching and it can jumpstart you into several weeks of unhealthy holiday behaviors. With just a bit of mindfulness, however, you can stop them from becoming long-term habits. Here are some typical pitfalls and what you can do to avoid them: Skipping your daily…

The Cold Truth About Raynaud’s

Raynaud’sHaving cold feet can be more than just a nuisance. Cold feet or toes can signal damaged nerves, blocked arteries, and Raynaud’s disease. If you’ve never heard of Raynaud’s, you’re not alone. Raynaud’s Awareness Month, celebrated every October, aims to improve public information about this relatively common, often misunderstood disease. Raynaud’s disease is sometimes called Raynaud’s phenomenon or Raynaud’s syndrome. Interestingly the problem has so…

Smoking, Vaping, and Your Foot Health

smoking vape penSmoking is at an all-time low in the United States. That’s not a huge surprise since we’re taught cigarettes cause breathing problems, heart disease, and lung cancer at a very early age. Gone are those “Mad Men” days of the 1960s when everyone was constantly lighting up a cigarette at home, at the office, sitting at a bar, or in a restaurant. Fast forward to…

4 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Woman Exercising In ParkIf you’re feeling zapped of energy, you’re not alone. We’ve been enduring the global pandemic for over a year now, and it’s tiring, both physically and mentally. And the recent switch to Daylight Savings Time might have thrown your biological clock out of whack. So, it seems a good time to talk about various ways to put a spring back in your step. First things…

Lower Your Blood Pressure to Improve Cardiovascular Health

514650669 S Blood Pressure Cuff Doctor Patient 150x150February is American Heart Month. All of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland want to take this opportunity to talk about blood pressure, cardiovascular health, and how they relate to your feet.  What is cardiovascular health? “Cardio” means “heart.” “Vascular” refers to the blood vessels that carry blood to every part of your body, from the loops of your brain matter to the…

The ABCs of Managing Diabetes

Diabetes ComplicationsIt’s hard work to keep diabetes under control. Managing diabetes by regulating your blood sugar can be difficult and time-consuming. Worrying about all the complications of diabetes can be emotionally taxing. So, what if you could break down diabetes self-care into simple terms? The American Diabetes Association reminds us to break it down to our “ABCs.” ABC’s of Managing Diabetes A = A1C. A1C is…

5 Simple Ways to Change Your Exercise Routine for the Better

Full Male Runs On A Treadmill In A Gym. Concept Of Weight Loss And Sport. Back View.If you’re someone who gets regular exercise, all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland applaud you. Regular exercise helps keep your weight from creeping upward, allows blood to flow freely, and strengthens muscles and bones, all of which help keep your feet and ankles in tip-top shape. However, even if you already get regular exercise, there are simple ways to change your…