Did you know your feet can tell you so much about your health? In fact, your feet are one of the first body parts that display health problems before the rest of your body does. Mind blown.
Here are 4 signs your feet tell you about your health.
1. COLD FEET MEANS YOU HAVE CIRCULATION PROBLEMS
Put on socks to avoid getting cold feet.
It’s amazing how your feet can determine your health by having cold feet. No, we’re not referring to the expression “to have cold feet”: being nervous about something. It’s self-explanatory—literally having cold feet.
The most common cause is poor circulation. The lack of warm blood reaching your feet will make them colder than every other part of your body. Diabetes, genes passed from family members, and smoking trigger poor circulation.
Peripheral Artery Disorder (PAD) can also cause cold feet. It builds plaque in the arteries of your heart, brain, legs, and arms. The buildup can partially or entirely compress the arteries. Such restriction of blood flow from the PAD can make your feet colder than your whole body.
2. FOOT ULCERS WORSEN IN THE PRESENCE OF DIABETES
Foot ulcers create open sores at the bottom of your feet. They occur in the presence of diabetes.
Foot ulcers create open sores at the bottom of your feet that may take longer than usual to heal. This occurs from diabetes, which can poorly circulate blood to heal the sore.
Consult a specialist to treat foot ulcers. You can also wear compression socks to regulate blood circulation. They press on your feet and muscles to make your veins work better.
3. SPOON-SHAPED TOENAILS MEAN IRON SHORTAGE
Iron shortage can lead to spoon-shaped toenails.
Another health sign to look out for is your toenails’ shapes. If you see a toenail that’s curvy, or spoon-shaped, it means your body lacks iron (or anemia). Poor nutrition and immunity issues cause spoon-shaped toenails.
Reduce anemia by adding iron to your diet. Iron-filled food includes pork, beans, red meat, and seafood. Once you have addressed the root cause, treat spoon-shaped nails by cutting them short and greasing them with oils.
4. FLAKEY FEET CAN MEAN THYROID PROBLEMS
If you have issues with your thyroid glands, your feet becomes flakey.
Do you get surprised when your feet flake the moment you scratch them? This is your body telling you that you have thyroid problems. Aaand this is not good.
Thyroid glands regulate the number of hormones your body needs to perform a specific job. Too much or too little of them can cause your body to either use up energy too fast or produce little to no hormones at all. They’re known as hyperthyroidism (the former) and hypothyroidism (the latter). Hypothyroidism causes flaking that leads to itchy skin and cracked feet and heels.
The best way to treat thyroid problems is to see a doctor and follow the given treatment. We also propose to stay hydrated and apply hydrating products to the skin.
Take a look at your feet and see whether or not you’re healthy. Signs include: 1. Cold feet, which indicate poor circulation, 2. Diabetes, which worsen foot ulcers, 3. Spoon-shaped toenails, a sign of iron shortage, and 4. Problems with the thyroid glands, which cause flakey feet. We remind you to consult a doctor to figure out your health.
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