9 foot problems Your Feet Reveal About Your Health
In this video I will reveal what could be lurking behind your most common foot problems.
I will also show you what it may mean about your general health and what you can do about it
Let’s get straight into it
No 1. Sudden Hair loss on the feet and toes
What this might mean is you have Serious circulation problems
You may think not having hair on your toes is a good thing especially during sandal season, but having hair on your toes is actually a good thing.
Get it checked out
Sudden baldness can be a sign that your feet aren’t getting enough blood flow to sustain hair growth. Expect your doctor to check for a pulse in your feet, which is an indication that your heart may not be able to pump enough blood to your feet.
2. You feel Frequent foot cramping
What this may mean is your suffering from either Dehydration or nutritional deficiencies
Randomly occurring cramps are extremely common in the feet so don’t get too worried. They can be as serious as circulation and nerve issues, or as harmless as a nutritional deficiency.
If you’re exercising, be sure to drink plenty of water, since dehydration often leads to muscle cramping. You might also try upping your intake of potassium, magnesium, and calcium (with your doctor’s go-ahead, of course), since their deficiencies make cramps more common.
Or you may like to try For relief, soaking your feet in a warm foot bath and stretching your toes toward your nose, not pointing down.
If the cramps don’t let up, see your doctor who can test for circulation issues or nerve damage.
3. A sore that won’t heal
What this may mean – well its probably a sore that’s taking time to heal but it could also mean Diabetes or skin cancer
Stubborn sores are red flags for diabetes.
Uncontrolled glucose levels in the blood can lead to nerve damage all the way down to your feet, which means any cuts, sores, or scrapes can come and go without you ever feeling it. If infection sets in you could be in trouble.
A non-healing wound can also be a sign of skin cancer. Melanoma can pop up anywhere on your body—even in between your toes—so be sure to include your feet in your regular skin checks. (Brush up on your mole-detecting skills here.)
4. constantly cold feet
What this may mean: Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is the most common cause of feet that just can’t get warm. And if you’re over 40, you could be living with a sluggish thyroid without even knowing it.
Unfortunately, cold feet are the least of your problems—hypothyroidism can also cause hair loss, fatigue, unexplained weight gain, and depression. Get your feet feeling toasty again by heading to your doctor for a simple blood test, and you’ll start warming up shortly after starting the daily medication.
5. A Sudden enlarged big toe
What it might mean: Gout or other inflammatory issue
if you The sudden onset of a red, hot, swollen, or painful joint then get immediate medical attention,”.
It may be nothng or it maybe something more serious such as gout, inflammatory arthritis, infection, or trauma.
What it might mean: An Inherited faulty foot structure
If you thought your bunions were caused exclusively by a closet full of gorgeous (yet restrictive and often painful) shoes, you can stop blaming the boutique. Bunions are actually a sign of a flawed foot structure that’s often inherited and aggravated by inappropriate shoes.
7. Heel pain especially in the morning
What it might mean: Plantar fasciitis
You can’t mistake it—that sharp pain in the bottom of the heel when you get out of bed or stand up from a chair. It’s a strain of the ligament that supports the arch of the foot.
whether you did it by wearing too-tight shoes, walking in flip-flops, or wearing worn-out workout trainers, the longer you let it go, the longer it takes to heal.
Your podiatrist will probably tell you to ease up on walking at first, rethink your footwear, and adopt a good stretching routine.
8. Flaky, itchy, or peeling skin
What this may mean: a Fungal infection
Even if you’re never donned an athletic jersey in your life, you could still be walking around with athlete’s foot—which is basically a fungal infection.
It causes itchiness and peeling, and can be treated by applying anti-fungal cream and keeping your feet as cool and dry as possible during the day.
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