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Your Feet and Your Health

Your feet can tell you a lot about your health by sending you important signals.  These signs can indicate that you have anything from anemia to diabetes. Pay attention to the signs your feet are sending you in order to stay in good health. Unsolved foot problems can lead to bigger problems in the future.

  • No hair – If you have hairless feet or toes, it might be an indication of poor circulation caused by vascular disease.  Growing hair on your toes isn’t your body’s biggest concern when you have a vascular problem.  Since your feet are the farthest from your heart, they are usually harder to reach when your circulatory system isn’t up to par.
  • A foot sore that doesn’t heal – if you have a sore on the sole of your foot that isn’t healing, it could be a sign of diabetes. High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves in the feet leaving you with cuts that don’t heal and can even go unnoticed.  If you have an infected, foul-smelling sore on the bottom of your foot that’s been there a while, it might be a good idea to see a doctor about having your blood glucose level checked.
  • Cold Feet – Women usually tend to experience this every now and then because they have a lower core temperature than men. It’s usually nothing, but if you are having persistently cold feet in even normal conditions, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism.  An under active thyroid can lead to irregular body temperature and metabolism.
  • Flaky Skin – If you have dry, flaky skin on your feet, don’t ignore it. This is a sign of athlete’s foot. This fungal infection usually starts with dry, itchy skin and then turns into swelling and blisters.  It usually shows up first between the warm, moist cracks of  your toes and can spread to other parts of the body.
  • Sunken, spoon-shaped indents on your toenails – This is a sign of anemia that makes your nail beds look like strange, spoon-like shapes.  This happens when you don’t have enough iron in your body.  You don’t have enough iron-rich hemoglobin proteins that transfer oxygen to the body through the blood.