Posts for category: Heart Health

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 06, 2019
Category: Heart Health
Tags: Diabetes   Plantar Fasciitis   orthotic   bunion  

February is National Heart Month. You may be wondering what that’s got to do with your feet, but at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to recognize that the health of your heart does affect your feet and vice versa.

Know Your Risk

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women. There are several factors that raise your risk for heart disease—some we can control and others we cannot:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Being overweight
  • Having diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Poor diet

Take Control

Fortunately, there is much you can do to prevent heart disease and live a long and active life. Start by being proactive and informed about your health. Talk to your physician about your risk factors and know your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers. Then, take steps to reduce your risk and develop a healthier lifestyle. Make small changes over time rather than dramatic ones that will be too difficult to maintain. Some examples:

  • Get moving. Talk to our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah about any recommendations for fitness activities based on your individual feet. If you have a bunion, plantar fasciitis or other chronic foot condition, the podiatrist may recommend a custom orthotic device to make exercise more comfortable.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation.
  • Reduce stress. Exercise, meditation, seeing friends regularly or spending time doing a hobby or activity you enjoy can all be stress relievers. Make sure to put your stress relievers on your calendar just the same as you do other appointments and events.
  • Make healthy changes in your diet. Reduce portion sizes, substitute fruit, yogurt and healthy snacks for chips, cookies and other less healthy choices.
  • If you have diabetes, follow all of your doctor’s instructions for keeping it under control.
  • If you are a smoker, find a program to help you quit.

Keeping your heart healthy will enable you to stay active and do the things you love. The health of your feet is an integral part of your healthy lifestyle. If you have questions or concerns about podiatric conditions, contact our Monroe, Monmouth Junction or Edison office by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
February 27, 2018
Category: Heart Health
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

February is American Heart Health Month. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we believe in a total body approach to podiatric health. Taking care of your heart benefits your feet and vice versa. That’s why we want to focus on an issue today that can greatly impact your health—avoiding an excessive amount of added sugar in your diet.

In a startling study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine, it showed that the chances of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in a person’s diet—regardless of age, sex, body-mass index or physical activity level. The study also showed that the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day—more than 3 times the recommended amount! In addition to raising your risk for heart disease, sugar plays a large role in weight control. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah can tell you that being overweight or obese can put excessive strain on your feet and ankles and can cause or worsen many foot conditions such as chronic ankle pain and plantar fasciitis.

It’s clear that cutting down on added sugar is a good idea. Below are some tips on how to do it:

Learn the Lingo—when you check the nutrition label on foods the line for sugars contains both natural sugars (those that occur naturally in foods like dairy products and fruits) and those that are added, so that number doesn’t tell the whole story. Read the ingredients and look for any types of sugar (brown, malt, raw, invert), sweeteners, syrups (including corn and high-fructose corn) and any words that end in “ose.” Dextrose, glucose, lactose, maltose, and sucrose, for example, are all types of added sugar. The further near the top of the list they are, the greater the amount contained in the food.

Cut it In Half—whatever sugar you put in your coffee or tea, sprinkle on your cereal or use in recipes, try to use half the amount you currently do. Chances are you won’t notice the difference.

Find Sweet Substitutes—put fresh or dried fruits in your oatmeal, add flavorful extracts (lemon, almond, orange) or spices such as ginger, cinnamon or allspice to recipes in place of sugar. Switch from sodas (one of the worst added-sugar offenders!) to flavored seltzers and other low or no sugar drinks. Choose zero-sugar yogurt over ice cream and pudding.

To learn more ways to improve your heart and foot health, contact our Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey by calling: 732-662-3050.