Heart disease is on the rise again… According to an article in the January 15th edition of the Wall Street Journal, heart disease is on the rise again in the U.S. The headline “Heart Disease Roars Back, Even in Healthy Places” couldn’t help but catch my eye. Even in a healthy state like Colorado, men and women in their 30s and 40s are seeing cardiologists with heart problems such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythm, and heart attacks. According to the article, “death rates from cardiovascular disease among people between the ages of 45 and 64 are rising in cities all across the country, including in some of the most unlikely places.” Two of the most common risk factors are obesity and diabetes. High blood pressure, drug and alcohol use, stress, and a lack of physical activity also play a role. These factors also increase the risk for people who are genetically disposed to heart disease, doctors say. What does this have to do with feet? Everything! Keeping your feet healthy so you can stay healthy is a mantra we’ve endorsed for years. We’ve seen how long-standing foot pain has led to inactivity. There is no better way to help prevent these risk factors than physical activity such as walking. According to some studies, walking 30 minutes 3-4 times per week can have a huge positive impact on blood pressure, diabetes, and heart health. We aren’t just in the business of solving foot problems; we’re here to help prevent serious health conditions such as heart disease. Is a long-standing foot condition keeping you from being physically active? Let us help you get back in the game… your heart will thank you!