Our feet hold us up. They carry us through the world. But minus a pedicure every so often, our feet can be disregarded. Covered in shoes and socks and often out of our sight, it’s easy to lose track of them. Until they start to bother us. Issues with your foot health, may not just be confined to your extremities, they may actually have larger health implications.
6 Foot Health Signs: What are Your Feet Trying to Tell You?
1. Cold Feet
It’s not just a figure of speech for not wanting to walk down the aisle, cold feet are a real foot health issue. If your feet are constantly cold, it may mean that you have circulation issues. Specifically, conditions like COPD reduce your lungs ability to fully absorb oxygen and can cause cold feet.
2. Itchy Feet
Itchy feet are a sign of a fungal infection. It could be athlete’s foot or some other fungal variety that causes a distracting itch. Fungal infections can often be treated with over the counter anti-fungal creams. Itchy feet can also be the result of psoriasis, an immune condition.
3. Swollen Feet
Swollen feet can be caused by a variety of conditions. Sometimes your feet will swell simply because you’ve been standing for too long. Swollen feet can also be the result of a more serious condition caused by fluids like blood building up in toes including congestive heart failure and kidney disease--or pregnancy!
4. Hairless Toes
From a vanity perspective hairless toes may seem like a good thing. They look elegant in your strappy sandals. But hairless toes may be a side effect of serious circulation problems. It's worth talking to your doctor.
5. Frequent Foot Cramping
Frequent foot cramping can be the result of nutrient deficiencies like potassium, magnesium, and calcium. They may also be the result of dehydration. In some rare and more serious cases, it may be the result of nerves issues.
6. Enlarged Big Toe
If you have a suddenly enlarged big toe, it may be the result of gout. It could also be an infection or inflammatory arthritis.
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