Ranging from diabetes to dietary problems, your feet can actually reveal a lot about your physical and emotional health. You just need to take the time to carefully examine your feet, your toes, the soles of your feet and the skin to see what your feet are telling you. It does take a little practice as we don’t normally really look at our feet very much. By tuning in and carefully examining them you’d be surprised how much you can learn.
Weight: Check. Blood pressure: Check. Temperature: Check. Feet… When did you last check in with your feet? Our feet literally carry us everywhere, but being furthest from our eyes means they’re also often furthest from our mind. Often we take them for granted, and only notice there is a problem when niggling pain or aches set in!
Did you know all the sensory nerves and blood vessels in your feet link directly to your brain, heart and spine? They mirror your body, so a peek at your toes could tell you if you need to head to the doctor, or maybe slightly alter your daily routine from what you eat to the shoes you wear…. The next time you think ‘my feet are killing me’, stop and pay attention. They are letting you know a little TLC may be in order, or they may be trying to tell you to check in with your podiatrist or GP. Here’s a quick rundown of what your tootsies might reveal.
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1) Yellow Or Blue Toe Nails
The natural color of your toenails is an important indicator in a comprehensive health check. Any discoloration may simply be purely cosmetic (such as an overuse of nail polish) or pointing to a deeper, more serious issue. Yellow toenails are generally an indicator of an infection.
Most of the time it’s probably only a fungal infection, but it can also be a sign of nastier infections such as sinusitis. Interestingly yellow nails can also appear alongside these conditions of psoriasis or hypothyroidism. In rare cases such as yellow nail syndrome, yellowed toe nails can be an early indicator of this disease which causes swelling and fluid in the lungs.
Low iron levels? Pale toenails might point to lack of good nutrition or anemia, while blueish tinged nails can suggest reduced blood flow. “Questions to ask yourself are: Do you have good oxygen levels in your body and are your heart and lungs functioning properly?”
A dark line beneath your toenails could be fungal infection which is easy-to-fix with an OTC cream, or something more sinister such as a melanoma. Thyroid issues you weren’t aware of? If your toenails crack or split easily, it’s worth asking your GP for a thorough thyroid check.
2) Not Hairy Enough
No-one likes to be Hobbit hairy with great black hairs sprouting off your toes, but even the tiny thin hairs on your toes offer useful health information. We’re all born with some degree of hair growth on our toes. A gradual loss of these hairs is a sign of poor circulation. Hairless toes can occur when the heart is unable to efficiently pump blood to the extremities properly, or can be a sign of the peripheral arteries narrowing.
3) Feel Icy
‘Getting cold feet’ is an everyday phrase which often means we feel uncomfortable with a situation, but in this case, having constantly frigid tootsies points to poor circulation.
As feet aren’t viewed as vital organs for the body’s survival, if it’s very cold, the body works to naturally adjust the circulatory system. Blood is moved towards the vital internal core organs, leaving the feet cold.
If your feet continue to feel cold even when they’re rugged up, it may be an early sign of vascular disease or diabetes.
4) Numb To Touch
Numb feet are a common side-effect of chemotherapy. However, if you haven’t undergone cancer treatment and your feet start to go to sleep unexpectedly at odd times with the numbness lasting for a long period, it could be due to a temporary compressing of the nerves that run to your legs and feet, generally sciatica will cause this numbness. This results in that uncomfortable dead-leg feeling you experience after sitting a certain way for an extended period.
Pathological causes of numb feet are wide and varied with of the most common being diabetes. Diabetes can permanently damage the nerve supply to your feet, resulting in numbness.
5) Dry Flaky Skin
If the skin on your feet remains dry despite your regular moisturizing routine, it could mean your thyroid isn’t functioning as well as it should be and it’s definitely worth raising next time you see your GP. If you notice the skin on your feet, particularly between the toes, is unusually dry, itchy and flaky, most likely a fungal infection could be to blame. You may have calluses on the bottom of your feet which show as thick lumpy patches of dried skin. You may like to use a callus removing gel to help remove the thick skin
6) Smelly Feet
Everyone experiences smelly stinky feet from time to time. It’s perfectly normal for feet to perspire, especially when you realize they have a quarter of a million sweat glands! When shoes and socks are worn everyday, all day, and the atmosphere is moist and warm, these humid warm conditions encourages the growth of the existing bacteria, creating the unpleasant smell. You can quickly reduce the whiff by improving feet hygiene, applying foot and shoe deodorizer, as well as making sure to wash your shoe insoles on a regular basis.
Have you ever had a cramp in your foot?? Cramping is relatively harmless but for those few minutes when it strikes, it can literally take your breath away. If the balls of your feet or your calves are cramping, you might have a nutritional deficiency. Cramps generally indicate a lack of sodium, potassium or magnesium. Spasms can occur if you’ve overexerted yourself, not stretched and warmed up enough before exercising, or you’ve been wearing ill-fitting shoes that are squeezing your feet into an unnatural position.
8) Enlarged Big Toe
Has your big toe suddenly become swollen, enlarged or painful? This may be a bacterial or fungal infection, or an ingrown toenail.
The big toe is often the coldest part of the body, showing the first signs of gout or arthritis. So this may be an acute gout attack.
9) Swollen Or Sore Feet
The early warning signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis often appear as swelling and/or pain in your feet, as well as other joints in your body. A study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research found that 50 % of people with RA in the UK reported foot pain symptoms on a diagnosis of RA. Early foot health intervention goes a long way in helping to manage this painful condition. Swollen puffy feet can be the consequence of a long flight overseas, pregnancy or hot weather. Swelling can occur due to a build up of fluid in your tissues due to a lack of regular movement, circulatory problems or liver and kidney issues.
10) Sores Galore
If you have sores that don’t heal over time, try to keep your feet as dry as possible to give the wound a chance to repair itself, even id this means going barefoot for a while. Make sure you cut down on alcohol and smoking. Next time you visit the GP for a checkup, ask them to check your blood sugar levels as sores that linger can be a sign of diabetes.
What Your Feet Say About Your Personality
Did you know as well as showing signs of potential health problems, your feet may also reveal some insights to your personality…. traits, says Jane Sheehan, author of Let’s Read Our Feet!
Do You Have Healthy Feet?
Have you pulled off your socks to investigate your feet and see how they look? We spend hours everyday walking, running and standing, yet we often ignore those warning signs our feet are trying to tell us more. Look after your feet today to prevent longer term health problems and I promise you, you’ll feel better!
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