What Do Your Feet Say About Your Health?
Although it might seem that foot health is not so important, that is not true. Experts say it is important to take care of your feet as much as you care about overall health. Feet can signal diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and even skin cancer.
Wash feet daily with warm water and soap, especially if you are older. It is also important that your feet are dried thoroughly to prevent the development of germs and bacteria. It is important to review your feet regularly. Pay attention to any change such as redness, cracks in the skin, sores or discoloration. Wear clean socks, comfortable shoes and, if necessary, shoe implants.
If your feet, especially the fingers, are always cold, it may be due to poor circulation that may be associated with smoking, high blood pressure, heart disease or too little activity. Cold feet can be associated with nerve damage caused by diabetes. Other possible causes are hypothyroidism and anemia. If your feet are often cold, come for a consultation with Dr. Luis Mendoza.
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When your feet hurt after a long day of wear, most probably reason is uncomfortable shoes or excessive standing. However, pain that is not caused by shoes and prolonged standing can cause cracks in the bones of the foot that may occur due to too intense exercise or osteoporosis.
Red, White or Blue Fingers
Is mostly a disease that is caused by the sudden narrowing of the arteries. The arteries may narrow due to stress or sudden changes in temperature. Red, white or blue color of the fingers can also be the cause of rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems or gland diseases.
Heel pain occurs due to inflamation of ligaments located at the heel bone. The pain may be most severe when you just wake up or when you make any kind of pressure on the foot. Possible causes include arthritis, excessive exercise, uncomfortable shoes, tendonitis, bone infections, tumors and fractures.
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The way you walk is often the first sign of feet problems. If you drag your feet often, and do not lift off the ground, you have probably damaged peripheral nerves. Damage to the peripheral nerves in 30% of cases caused by diabetes. Other possible causes are infection, vitamin deficiency and alcoholism.
The nails are rounded to the top and go down. The most common cause is tight and uncomfortable clothing, and other possible causes of lung disease, heart disease, liver, digestive disorders or infection.
This is usually a temporary setback caused by prolonged standing or traveling, especially if you are pregnant. However, sometimes swollen feet can be a sign of serious medical conditions such as poor circulation, problems with the lymphatic system, blood clot, disorders of the kidneys and thyroid disease.
Numbness in the Feet
Burning sensation in the feet is common among people with diabetes,it can be caused by lack of vitamin B, kidney disease, poor circulation in the legs and feet, peripheral arterial diseases and disorders of the thyroid.
Wounds That do not Heal
The wounds on the feet that do not heal for a long time are a major warning sign of diabetes. Diabetes can damage the blood circulation and normal wound healing and even ordinary blister can become a problem. If the wound does go away, regardless of regular cleaning, be sure to consult a doctor.
Pain in the Big Toe
If the pain in the thumb is accompanied by redness and swelling, be sure to consult a doctor because it is possible that you suffer from gout or osteoarthritis. If the thumb is stiff it is possible you suffer from hallux rigidus, complications of arthritis, where there is a change of the joint of the thumb, which is accompanied by pain and difficulty bending the thumb.
Itching, that is accompanied by peeling skin, may indicate athlete’s foot, fungal infections that are common in men aged between 20 and 40 years. Reaction to chemicals from cosmetic products, such as redness, scaling and itching of the house, can indicate contact dermatitis. If the skin on the feet is dry, accompanied by pimples, flaking and itching, may be because of psoriasis.
This deformation can be caused by too small shoes, diabetes, alcoholism and other diseases that damage the nerves. Ask your doctor to refer you to therapy, and you might require surgery.
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Inspect your feet to make sure that you do not have dark spots, which are the most common indicator of skin cancer. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, can develop in places that are not so exposed to the sun. It can occur even under the nail.
Toenails can tell a lot about your overall health. Fungal infections cause yellow and thickened nails. However, these nails may also indicate the disease or rheumatoid arthritis. If your nails are yellow and thickened, be sure to consult a doctor.
The nails in the form of spoons
Sometimes injury or frequent exposure to chemicals can cause the nails in the form of spoons. However, the most common cause is iron deficiency.
The appearance of white spots on the nails is usually caused by injury. If the nails are white and damaged it can be due to nail infections and psoriasis. If the majority of nail is white it may be a sign of more serious problems such as liver disease, diabetes or congestive heart failure. Talk to your doctor about any problems.