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Could Your Feet Be a Mirror Of Your Health? Look Closely

posted on 8/29/2016 Facebook Facebook

Often we don’t give enough credit to our feet for all what they do for us. Yes they are great for walking, driving, playing and dancing around but mind you the story doesn’t end there. It may be hard to believe but your feet can be good barometer of your overall health. Any changes in the feet-whether on the skin, nails, heel or even how they feel could all be tell-tale signs of an underlying health condition. So if you observe any of the following eight signals from your feet then they sure mean business.

1. Itchy, Flaky Skin
A mindless scratch compensates for a general itch on the feet. However, if your feet are continuously itchy especially between your toes then you may be suffering from athlete’s feet. A euphemistic term for a fungal infection, athlete’s feet usually start with dry itchy skin which quickly progresses to blisters and redness. However, if your doctor rules out the possibility of a fungus then you could be dealing with psoriasis or eczema.

2. Hairless Feet & Toes
Yes you do want your feet to be perfectly hairless during the sandal season, but sudden ‘bald’ feet could mean that your feet aren’t getting enough blood to sustain hair growth. This could indicate poor circulation due to vascular problems.

3. A Sore That Doesn’t Heal
Persistent sores that don’t heal even after medication can be red flags for diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy results from uncontrolled glucose levels in the body which can cause extensive nerve damage in the extremities. If left untreated the sore can get infected and lead to an amputation. A non-healing wound may also be a signal for skin cancer.

4. Heel Pain
If you’re feet and especially your heels ache after a long work day, you might just blame it to your shoes. But if you’re foot pain is not due to your sky high heels then you may be suffering from planar fasciitis, which develops when the band of connective tissue connecting your heel to the ball of your foot becomes inflamed. This pain is usually the sharpest when you wake up and put your feet down from the bed or after long hours at your desk.

5. Yellow Toenails
Yellowing of nails is natural to occur with growing age, however, if this change of color is accompanied by thickening then it could mean that a fungus is thriving beneath your toenails. People suffering from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or other immune deficiencies are more prone to this condition.

6. Cold Feet
The immediate culprit we can identify in terms of persistent cold feet is poor circulation. This circulatory problem may be associated with excessive smoking, high blood pressure or even a heart condition. Nerve damage caused by diabetes can also make your feet cold. If you’re a woman then a sluggish thyroid can be the reason for your cold feet. Speak to your doctor and bundle up on thick wool socks at all times.

7. Swollen Feet
Do your ankles look chubbier than regular? Swollen feet can mean a serious medical condition; unless you’re pregnant, stand for too long or have just come back from an 18 hour long flight. While the most common cause of swollen feet can be poor circulation, they may also arise from a lymphatic problem or a blood clot. A kidney disorder could lead to retention of water in your feet and make them swollen.

8. Changes In The Big Toe
If you feel that your big toe suddenly feels like a balloon and pains all the time then you may be having a brush of gout. A form of arthritis, gout results when there is a buildup of uric acid in the body.

Surprised by how much your feet may be able to tell about your internal well-being? Don’t forget to look down once in a while. Your feet may actually save your life.

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