What is COPD?
COPD is one of the most common lung diseases that causes problems with breathing. There are two main forms of COPD: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is progressive meaning it comes on slowly and gets worse with time.
Three main risk factors include:
3. Environmental factors – which include exposure to air pollution, dust, chemical fumes and second hand smoking
Symptoms of COPD include:
- difficulty breathing
- swelling in the legs
- digital clubbing
- cyanosis: blue fingertips or toes
COPD and the Foot
COPD impacts many aspects of the body, including the feet. Individuals with COPD may suffer from:
-Swelling in the legs, ankles, feet
Swelling in the Feet
Some ways to prevent/manage this include:
-Elevating your legs above heart level
-Dietary restrictions (salt and water restrictions)
-Getting your shoes sized at the end of the day
-Using seamless socks
Keep your Feet Healthy
Some tips to protect your feet are to:
-Check your feet daily using mirrors.
-Visit a Chiropodist for regular foot care.
-Do not cut corns/calluses yourself.
-Buy comfortable and well-fitting footwear.
-Buy seamless socks or flip your socks inside out to avoid tight edges.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.