Do you know that you can get an idea of how healthy you are simply by examining your foot? The feet has countless nerves and blood vessels that link all the way to the heart, spine, and brain so when you get warning signs from them, you should never ignore. To get you started, here are some things you can tell about your health just by checking your feet…
No. 1: If you have spoon-shaped indentations on your toenails or if they are slightly sunken, it means that you are likely suffering from iron deficiency or anemia.
No. 2: If your toes are always cold, you probably have some sort of problem with your circulatory system. You have poor blood circulation and that may be linked to high blood pressure or heart problems.
No. 3: If you have hairless feet or toes, that can also mean that you have poor circulation which may be the result of a vascular disease like arteriosclerosis.
No. 4: If your toenails are whole and intact – but most of it is white, that may be a sign that you have some serious health condition like liver problems, congestive heart failure, or diabetes.
No. 5: If you often have foot cramps, you are probably frequently dehydrated, or you may have deficiency in calcium, magnesium, or potassium.
No. 6: If you have a cut, a scrape, or a wound on your feet that seems to be there forever and won’t heel, you might have elevated blood glucose levels – which also means that you may have diabetes.
No. 7: If your toe suddenly becomes huge, red, and swollen, there is a high chance that you have gout or inflammatory problems.
No. 8: If you have perpetually cold feet, that might mean you have thyroid problems, more specifically – Hypothyroidism.
No. 9: If your feet suddenly become numb, or if you’re having a pins-and-needles sensation on your foot, you might have suffered from peripheral nervous system damage, which may be caused by alcohol abuse or diabetes.
No. 10: If your toes swell and they appear to bump upward at the ends (digital clubbing), you might have a serious pulmonary, heart, or gastrointestinal disease.
I hope you’ll have a better appreciation of your feet now. If you do, here’s an infographic that can show you just exactly how you can keep your feet healthy. Remember, a “Healthy Feet Make a Healthy Person – and a Healthy Person has Healthy Feet.”
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