Check Your Feet and See What They Are Telling You about Your Blood Pressure, Thyroid and Arthritis Risk

We need to learn to understand the body’s warning signs. The feet for example, can tell a lot about the overall health. The symptoms range from numbness to pain in the feet, which are usually the first indicator of a disease.

Cramps in the foot

Dehydration or hard workouts can be the cause for feet cramps. If the issue persists, you may have potassium, calcium or magnesium deficiency. Add more minerals in your diet and stretch your feet before going to bed.

Dry skin on feet

This can be an indication of a condition known as Athlete’s foot. There will be dry and itchy skin in the start which will eventually develop into inflammation and painful blisters. Keep your feet clean and follow these tips:

– When at home, take off your shoes and expose the feet to some air and sunlight;

– Never wear borrowed shoes;

– Do not exercise in worn-out shoes;

– Avoid walking barefoot in public areas;

– Wear cotton socks which you should change every day;

– Tea tree oil can be a great remedy for dry skin on your feet. Rub a small amount on the affected area 2-3 times every day for two weeks;

– Another great remedy you can try is grapefruit seed extract. This remedy has potent antifungal properties and will cure the infection easily. Apply it on the affected area 2-3 times daily;

Adding some garlic in your diet will also help, thanks to garlic’s strong antifungal properties.

Thick and yellow toenails

Fungal infections under the skin often thicken the nails, changes the color and separate the nails from the skin. This condition mostly occurs to people suffering from diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and other immune deficiencies.

Increased big toe

If the big toe grows suddenly, you may experience gout. This condition is a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid, which forms crystals in the body parts with lower temperature, like the big toe.

Sore toe joints

This is an indication of rheumatoid arthritis. This disease affects the smaller joints at first, so pay attention if your toe joints are swollen or ache.

Inability to lift the foot

Inability to lift the foot upwards may signify a nerve damage or trauma in the neck, back or leg. Consult with your doctor immediately if you notice this symptom.

Cold feet

This is usually a circulation problem, but cold feet can also occur because of thyroid problems, as the thyroid regulates temperature and metabolism.

Red, white or blue toes or feet

These changes in color may be a sign of Raynaud’s disease. If you noticed this on your feet, visit a doctor to make sure it’s nothing serious.

Hairless toes

Hairless toes can be a sign of circulation issues caused by a vascular disease.

Numbness in the feet

Consistent numbness in the feet can indicate peripheral neuropathy, or damage to the peripheral nervous system. This condition is often caused by diabetes or alcohol abuse.

Spoon-shaped toenails

This kind of toenails shape represents anemia or an abnormality called Koilonychias, which makes the nails concave and with thin edges.

Pitted toenails

People suffering from psoriasis may experience tiny holes in their nails. Psoriatic arthritis may also be the cause.

Foot wounds that don’t heal

A foot wound that doesn’t appear to heal may be a sign of diabetes. The increased glucose levels may cause nerve damage in the feet over time, so you may not notice problems like ulcers on your feet. If left untreated, this issue can cause serious health issues.

Sharp heel pain

A sharp heel pain may be caused by the condition called plantar fasciitis, or inflammation in the connective tissues at the bottom of the feet. The pain is focused in the heel and gets stronger during the day. You can try the following methods to relieve the pain caused by plantar fasciitis:

– Rest your feet and limit some activities. Avoid running on hard surfaces;

– Put ice on the painful spot to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain. You can also apply some anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen;

– Wear shoes that absorb shock and have the right arch support;

– Avoid wearing high heels;

– Do exercises for your feet such as toe stretches, calf stretches and towel stretches every day, especially right after waking up.