How Your Foot Tells About Your Health

You can easily detect your present condition by simply examining your feet. This might be unknown to some but this has been a practice of many especially those who are into reflexology and Ayurveda. The lowly right and left provide several insightful data: all in all it contains a quarter of the body’s bone, and each foot has 33 joints, ligaments, 100 tendons, muscles and countless blood vessels and nerves that connect all the way to the spine, brain, and heart.Your Foot Tells About Your Health

Untreated foot problems can lead to unexpected consequences. If a person experienced foot pain and remains untreated it will lead to weight gain and move less, for instance, or to transform in unnatural ways, increases the opportunity of falling and breaking a bone. Your feet conditions can actually signal that there is something wrong with your body.

The Conditions Your Feet Tells About Your Health

Dry, Flaky Feet

This could be a sign of thyroid problems, particularly if moisturizing it won’t help at all. If your thyroid glands go on the fritz, it does not produce the right amount of hormones, which controls blood pressure, skeletal and nervous system, tissue growth, and control metabolic rate. If you have a thyroid problem you normally have dry skin. If you notice your feet have cracks or the dryness does not improve even if you apply moisturizer, it’s a sign that you have a thyroid problem. Another sign of thyroid problem is having brittle toenails.

This condition can also lead to several other serious health issues. If you have dry, flaky feet and at the same time you gain weight, have vision problems or numbness in your hands you need to visit your doctor right away.

Bald Toes

If you the hair in your toes suddenly disappear, it is a signal that there is a poor blood circulation which could be due to peripheral arterial disease or PAD. Some of the signs of this condition include decreased hair growth on the ankles and feet, thin or shiny skin or purplish toes. To improve the circulation it is best that you treat the underlying vascular problems. Toe hair never returns.

Foot Ulcers that Do Not Heal

This could be a sign that you have diabetes. If the glucose level in your blood is not controlled it can damage the nerves and it causes poor blood circulation, thus it does not reach the feet. If the blood does not get into the wound on your feet, it does not heal properly. Another symptom of diabetes includes numbness or tingling of the feet.

Enlarged, Painful Big Toe

This could be a sign of gout. This is a painful type of arthritis that usually affects the big toe. Foods with a high level of purine that is usually present in red meat, certain alcohol and fish can trigger the attack by increasing the uric acid level in the body.

Tiny Red Lines Notice in the Toenail

If you notice red streaks underneath your toenails this could be a sign that you are suffering from a heart infection. These lines occur when small blood clots destroy the tiny capillaries under the nails. It is a sign of endocarditis, an infection of the heart’s inner lining. If left untreated, the infection can lead to heart failure. If you notice splinter hemorrhages on your toenails and you haven’t experienced any trauma to the nail recently, visit your doctor to check your blood circulation and heart.

Cramps

Cramps that occur randomly could be a sign that you have serious nerve tissues and circulation, or could be a sign of nutritional deficiency. If you are exercising, make sure that you drink lots of water since dehydration can result to muscle cramping. Increase your potassium, calcium, and magnesium intake to reduce cramps. You can soak your feet in a warm foot bath to relieve cramps.

Clubbing

This could be a sign of heart disease or lung cancer. This could appear in both fingers and toes; it is often associated with a chronic lung infection, intestinal disease, or heart disease. Lung cancer or heart disease decreases vascular resistance, which increases the blood flow to the small arteries in the fingertips and toenails. Clubbed appears wider, rounder fingers.

Spoon-shaped Indentations in Toenails

This could be a sign that you have anemia. It appears as an unnatural, spoonlike or concave shape to the toes nail beds, particularly in moderate to severe conditions. It is caused by not having the right amount of hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein in the blood cells that carries oxygen. Heavy menstrual period and internal bleeding can result to anemia. Take iron supplements and change in your diet can help solve this condition.

Pitted Toenails

Having pitted toenails could mean you have psoriasis. This condition may also occur in the nail as little holes, which can be shallow or deep. It could also affect the joints known as psoriatic arthritis. Your toenails will also thicken. Yellow brown or salmon-colored patches may appear. The knuckle close to the nail is also red, inflamed and dry. You can treat both psoriatic arthritis and arthritis and bring back the nail bed surface.

Patriotic Color Toes

This could be a sign that you have Raynaud’s disease. This condition causes the extremities turns to white, then blue and then it becomes red before it returns to its natural shade. The reason for this is that the blood vessels overreact that causes the tricolor shows. The condition is usually uncomfortable but not risky. It is best that you visit your doctor to evaluate your condition. It is best to apply the non-drug method of treating the extremities and reverse the attacks of vasospasm.

Knowing these signals can help you detect your condition right away. Proper medication and treatment will be applied at the early stage of the disease preventing the worsening of your health conditions. Your feet can be a good diagnostic tool that your doctor can use to point out the health problems. But you don’t have to be a doctor to understand what your foot tells about your health. And you just need to be aware of the warning signs.

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