What Your Feet Say About Your Health
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You would be surprised to find out that a lot of information can be revealed about your health through your feet. No, we don’t mean that your feet suddenly sprouted a mouth and has been flapping their gums all day about what you have or have not been doing. We’re talking about the appearance of your feet being able to show signs of wellness or illness. A quick check of the condition of your feet can give you a pretty good glimpse as to what may ail you.
First item to investigate, your toenails. Do they appear sunken or have spoon-like indentations? What about pitted, thick nails? All of these could be a sign of many types of medical problems. Sunken, indented, brittle or fragile nails could be a sign of anemia which is essentially an iron deficiency in your blood cells. Not to worry, it sounds more appaling that it actually is, once properly diagnosed, supplements can be prescribed. Now thick, pitted, or yellow nails aside from being Josie Grossy, can indicate psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis or a fungal infection of the nail. Any un-natural looking affliction of the toenail could be nothing, but should be checked out by a physician as there are numerous potential diagnoses which could be related.
Having cold feet? Not about walking down the aisle, we literally mean do your feet feel chilly? We all have suffered from it at some point in our lives, but if you’re a woman over 40 and notice that your feet are often cold it could mean you suffer from hyperthyroidism. Essentially meaning you have an underperforming thyroid gland which helps regulate the body’s metabolism and temperature or you just need thicker socks. Or both, but we’ll let your doc be the judge of that.
Cuts or sores on the bottom of your feet that don’t heal quickly or at all could be huge red flag for diabetes. Elevated blood glucose levels lead to nerve damage in the feet which could go easily undetected by those who don’t know they have the disease.
Feet are already not the prettiest of topics, and we don’t mean to scare the living daylights out of everyone with these potential issues. But, we do hope that by talking about these things that it does help us become more aware and give our feed just a little more attention, they could be trying to tell us something super important!