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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 28, 2018
Category: Heart Health
Tags: heart disease  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we believe in a whole-body approach to healthcare. If you have heart disease, your feet and the rest of your body suffer as well. In honor of American Heart Month, we’d like to offer these tips to reduce your risk of heart disease.

  1. Relax—stress is your body’s way of responding to changes—both good and bad. It’s important to recognize stress and learn how to manage it in a healthy way because the chronic stress that goes unchecked will raise your blood pressure and can increase your chances of developing heart disease. Cultivate positive stress busters such as meditation, short breaks to do an activity you enjoy and connect with friends and family on a daily basis.
  2. Get Moving—regular exercise can benefit your heart immensely. Your heart is a muscle and so consistently working this muscle through aerobic exercise helps keep your heart in good shape. Exercise also improves circulation, reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol—all factors that up your risk for heart disease. If committing to large blocks of time for exercise is difficult, find more ways to move in your daily life: walk while you talk on the phone, park at the far end of the lot for work and shopping, take the stairs instead of the elevator and meet friends for a walk instead of coffee are a few ways to become more physically active.
  3. Improve Your Diet—there are a number of dietary changes that will reduce your heart disease risking including: cut back on sodium, eliminate empty calories, decrease the amount of added sugar you consume, eat more vegetables, fiber and lean protein. Maintaining a healthy weight will also help take the strain off your heart (and your feet).
  4. Get Checked Out—stay current with medical checkups and follow any physician instructions for testing and treatment. This includes your podiatrist too. Many times our foot doctor, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, has found systemic diseases through symptoms that are first displayed in the feet. Your doctors are all working together to help you stay healthy. If you have questions about circulation or other heart issues that affect your feet, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.
By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in our country. The good news, however, is that there are steps we can take to help lower the risk of heart disease. One of these is to exercise regularly. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer these tips on purchasing the most important piece of equipment for any sport or fitness routine: your shoes.

  • Get the right shoe for your sport. Athletic shoes are designed for each sport to specifically support the feet in the type of movement that the activity requires. Running shoes, for example are built for more impact; tennis shoes are built for side to side movement and sudden stops and turns. If you don’t intend to specialize in one particular sport, look for a sturdy cross training shoe that has good arch support and a roomy toe box.
  • Go for a fitting at a shoe store that specializes in athletic gear. Many people are wearing shoes that don’t fit properly because they think they already know their size. Feet can also change size over the years.
  • Try on both shoes and take some time walking around the store to assess fit and comfort. Try to replicate the actions you most often do in your chosen sport or activity. Many running shoe stores, for example, have a treadmill in the store to test out the shoes before you buy them.
  • Replace athletic shoes when they are worn out. Running/walking shoes are usually good for 300-500 miles, tennis and basketball shoes can go 45-60 hours of play. 

Another way to ensure you get the right shoe is to make an appointment with your podiatrist. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico can make shoe recommendations after examining your feet and assessing your gait. The foot doctor will also take into consideration past injuries and current foot conditions to make sure affected areas are protected.

Protect your heart and help the rest of your body with safe, regular exercise. For more information on fitness shoes, contact our Pooler office at: 912-330-8885.


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