Nourish Yourself, Nourish Your Feet

48070183 Healthy Food In Heart And Cholesterol Diet Concept On Vintage BoardsMarch is National Nutrition Month, and Dr. Craig B. Frey and Dr. Megan L. Oltmann of Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland ask important health questions about nutrition. What does adequately nourished mean? Is it all just about the food you eat? What does proper nutrition have to do with your feet and ankles? Let’s take those questions one at a time. First, what does…

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…

Tips to Improve your Physical and Mental Health While Working From Home

89084736 S Woman Computer Upset HarassmentWorking from home isn’t going away as long as the global pandemic persists. CNN.com recently reported that even when offices open back up, many corporate leaders will choose to keep at least some of their employees working from home. So, if you’re working from home and you’ve resisted making upgrades to your workspace because you didn’t think it would last, you may want to think…

Get Moving for Heart Health!

48070183 Healthy Food In Heart And Cholesterol Diet Concept On Vintage BoardsFebruary is American Heart Month, a time to focus on what’s good for our cardiovascular system. This year, the theme is “Move With Heart!” The goal is simply to get people to think more about moving – and about moving more! Why? – Because movement and exercise help to keep our heart in great shape. And what’s good for the heart is also good for…

12 Tips for Avoiding Weight Gain This Thanksgiving

15925713 M Thanksgiving Turkey PieIf we’re fortunate enough to spread the table with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and all our other favorites at Thanksgiving, it can be tempting to say “Ah, the heck with it, it’s only one meal, I’ll eat what I want.” But Thanksgiving can knock you off your diet track faster than you can say “Amen.” It’s possible to eat 2 or 3…

Stop and “Paws” to Mark National Walk Your Dog Week

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Managing Blood Sugar Protects Oral Health

10857136 S Teethwhite Smile Man DentalIf you have diabetes, make sure your dentist knows. Good oral hygiene is something everyone should strive for, but it’s especially important for diabetics. We all have plaque – that thin film of yuk (mostly bacteria) that builds up on our teeth. It’s the stuff the dentist scrapes off of the surface of your teeth and digs out from under your gums. Research has shown…

Get Answers from a Qualified Podiatrist, Not the Internet

It’s quite amazing to see the kinds of questions that people pose on internet forums about their health. Foot-related questions that we’ve seen include “What causes foot cramps?”, “What to do when your feet smell REALLY bad?” and the really amusing “Should people have their feet cut off at birth?” While we think that last question was probably a joke, it’s true that some people…