Even if your feet are the part of the body farthest from the heart, they are the first to indicate health problems, as long as you regularly review and monitor their appearance. Here are 10 signs to watch on your feet that show that something’s wrong in your body.
Sign 1: A lack of hair on toes
While most women prefer hairless toes for aesthetic reasons, a lack of hair may indicate a health problem such as poor circulation, for example. According to Dr. Carolyn Mekalun, orthopedic surgeon, the sudden loss of hair is a sign that blood flow to the legs is not enough to support hair growth. It is possible that the heart does not pump enough blood to the feet, and in such a case you should consult a physician to check your state of health.
Sign 2: Spasms on the feet
Having toe spasms is a very common health problem that can be linked to several disorders: a neurological disorder, dehydration or malnutrition. Every day you should drink plenty of water, especially if you exercise and emphasize foods rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium to prevent these phenomena. For immediate relief, Dr. Carolyn Mekalun recommends a warm foot bath while stretching in the water with your toes.
Sign 3: Wounds on the feet that don’t heal
If you have sores on your feet that do not heal, it is probably a sign of diabetes. Indeed, high sugar levels in the blood unattended for a long period of time can cause lesions in the lower limbs, injuries, without the person to feel any pain. Diabetics must monitor the daily damage that may occur such as fungal infections or sores on the feet.
A wound that does not heal could also be a skin cancer symptom. Indeed, melanoma can appear on any part of the body, even between the toes. If you see a dermatologist, he will examine your body and also you should watch your feet very carefully, said Dr. Carolyn Mekalun even between the toes.
Sign 4: Cold feet
Hypothyroidism is the most common medical condition causing cold feet when nothing can warm them. If you are over forty, it is possible that you have a disorder of the thyroid gland. This disease can also cause hair loss, dizziness, rapid weight gain, depressive disorders, etc. You can check the function of your thyroid with a simple blood test. If hypothyroidism is confirmed, your doctor will prescribe appropriate treatment.
Sign 5: Growth (abnormal) of the big toe
If you notice a rapid increase in the size of your big toe, changes in its appearance and becomes red, irritated or swollen, it requires immediate medical attention. The most common causes related to this anomaly are the following diseases: gout, infection, arthritis or physical injury.
Sign 6: Numbness of the toes or feet
Numbness felt in both feet is usually a sign of diabetes, a consequence of chronic alcoholism or side effect of chemotherapy. But if you experience numbness in one leg, this symptom may be related to a pinched nerve in the back or foot (wearing inappropriate shoes). In this case, taking pain medication is required.
Sign 7: Hallux valgus
The bony bump that appears on the big toe is not always related to wearing high heels, despite what everyone thinks. Rather, it is a genetic defect of the foot that can worsen wearing inappropriate footwear. This deformation of the foot is often due to a deviation of the first metatarsal and the big toe. This anomaly sometimes requires surgery.
Sign 8: Painful heels
Plantar fasciitis is caused by stretching or rupture of the plantar fascia, the fibrous membrane that runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes. It generates a very intense heel pain, that usually occurs when you get up from the bed or when you get up from a chair. It can get worse if you wear improper shoes or if you exercise sustained physical activity. Indeed, athletes are most affected by this type of foot condition.
Sign 9: Flaking and itchy feet
If you experience itching in the feet and the skin peels becoming scaly, you are probably suffering from a yeast infection (fungal infection caused by Candida fungus). This can be effectively cured with an antifungal cream. The other cause of itching may be linked to psoriasis, a skin condition that only a dermatologist can diagnose.
Sign 10: Yellow nails
Yellow nails are sometimes interpreted as a sign of aging, especially if they brittle or split. Yellow nails can also be a sign of fungal infection that can be easily treated with a suitable cream. Furthermore, women who regularly varnish their nails typically have yellow nails.