Your feet may actually be an excellent barometer of your overall health. From a slightly annoying crick in your foot to more serious symptoms like numbness, your feet will often present symptoms of disease before any other part of your body. Read on to discover more.
For most this may seem like a good thing. Hairless feet? Yes please! However – feet and toes that are completely bald may actually be a sign of poor circulation, a result of vascular disease.
If you have a persistent lesion or sore on your foot that just won’t go away, it’s imperative to get it checked out immediately. This could be a sign of diabetes. Over time, elevated blood glucose levels can lead to damaged nerves in the foot, leaving you less likely to feel an ulcer or sore on the bottom of your foot. If left untreated, these types of sores can eventually lead to serious complications and consequences, one of them being amputation.
For some women, cold feet may be indicative of a thyroid problem. The thyroid is the gland that is responsible for regulating temperature and metabolism, and if it stops functioning well, you may find yourself suffering from icy cold feet.
If your toenails start to thicken, separate from your skin bed and change color (typically yellow), you are probably experiencing a fungal infection under your toenail. If you are already suffering from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other immune deficiencies, you may be more at risk than others in contracting pesky and often painful fungus.
If your big toe suddenly balloons up – you may be suffering from gout. This disease is actually a form of arthritis and is caused by the build-up of Uric acid – a natural substance in the body. The acid tends to form in the part of the body that has the lowest temperature, which just so happens to be your big toe!
Suffering from persistent feelings of “pins and needles” in your feet may be a sign of peripheral neuropathy. This means that there has been significant damage to your peripheral nervous system, with the most common causes being diabetes and alcohol abuse.
Pain in Your Heel
A sharp, shooting pain in your heel may be a sign of plantar fasciitis. What this basically means is that the band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot is inflamed. The pain is typically concentrated in the heel area and will most likely get worse as the day progresses.
Always consult with your primary care physician or chiropractor for all your health related advice.
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