In our day to day lives, we rarely spend a lot of time thinking about our feet. They’re just there doing their job. But did you know that your feet are a portal into the health of the rest of your body?
It turns out that our feet can give us a lot of information about the state of health we’re currently in. Here are some of the ways your feet are trying to tell you you’re not well.
You’ve Got Morning Foot Pain
Have you ever experienced foot pain in the morning? Usually, it’s a kind of shooting or burning pain that accompanies the first few steps you take after getting out of bed.
There are a number of things that shooting foot pain could be. The first is that it could be a sign of arthritis. Usually, rheumatoid arthritis leads to inflamed joints which can be painful when they’re used for the first time after several hours.
Random foot pain can also be caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis. This occurs when the tissue that connects your heel to your toes is suddenly stretched when you put pressure on your foot. If you think that this might be the cause of your foot pain, it’s a good idea to stretch it out first before you get out of bed.
Your Foot Is Numb
Foot numbness is something that is regularly encountered in senior home care. Patients often complain of not being able to feel their toes or their feet. Usually, this is the result of type 2 diabetes which can lead to a loss of blood flow to the body’s lower extremities. If your foot numbness is caused by diabetes, then it could be a sign that you need to change your diet. The problem with a lack of blood flow to the feet is that it takes cuts and wounds much longer to heal. Sometimes the pace of healing is glacial, meaning that even the smallest bruises can take weeks to repair.
Your Toes Are Losing Their Hair
It’s natural for both men and women to have hair on their toes. But if the hairs on your toes start falling out, it could be a sign that you don’t have good blood flow down there. Doctors have a name for this condition: they call it peripheral arterial disease, or PAD. It’s a serious condition because it could indicate problems elsewhere in your cardiovascular system, putting you at a higher risk of heart disease. If plaque has built up in your peripheral vascular system, then it could also have built up elsewhere, leading to problems and complications.
Your Feet Are Dry And Flaky
Dry, flaky skin on your feet is often nothing to worry about. But if it’s something that’s really affecting you, it could be the result of something more serious. One of the more common reasons for dry heels and balls is thyroid problems – the gland that controls the production of hormones in your body. An overactive thyroid can lead to problems with your feet in the long term.