High blood pressure or hypertension is a condition that can lead to serious complications such as heart attacks or stroke. It can also affect your feet by causing pain and cramping as well as other symptoms. If you have high blood pressure, it is important to tell your podiatrist about it as well as any medication that you take to treat the condition.
The Effects of High Blood Pressure on Your Feet
High blood pressure can lead to atherosclerosis which is the build-up of plaque in your blood vessels. This plaque build-up can lead to problems such as:
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
- Decrease in circulation
A decrease in circulation in the feet and legs is dangerous and can put you at risk of developing sores and ulcers. Ulcers can become severely infected and can lead to complications such as amputation.
When to See a Podiatrist
Not only should you see a podiatrist annually for a check of your feet, but if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should consult with one immediately. Some symptoms associated with high blood pressure include:
- Sores on the feet or legs
- Feet or leg cramps
- Changes in the temperature or color of your feet
- Loss of hair on the feet or legs
- Swelling in the feet and legs
If you experience symptoms, it is important to consult with a podiatrist and tell them that you have high blood pressure. Some high blood pressure medications can interact with medications prescribed for foot conditions. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can also cause complications during foot surgery or other procedures.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
During your appointment, your podiatrist will monitor your vital signs including your blood pressure. They will examine your feet to check for signs of high blood pressure such as poor circulation, changes in color or temperature, and swelling. In addition to your podiatrist, you may need to have your blood pressure evaluated by a primary care physician who will be able to recommend specific medication and treatment for your high blood pressure.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you have high blood pressure and are concerned with the health of your feet, contact Greater Washington Advanced Podiatry for an evaluation. We can provide a free consultation and create a personalized treatment plan to fit your specific needs. To set up an appointment with one of our podiatrists, fill out our contact form or call us at (301) 515-FEET.