You may be surprised just how much we can learn about our total body health by looking at our feet. Small symptoms or different conditions could signal that there are issues with other bodily systems that we should have looked at by a specialist. In today’s blog, we take a closer look at some of the things our feet can tell us about our total body health.

Learning About Our Health From Our Feet

If you’re dealing with any of these symptoms or issues in your feet, it may be an indication of a larger issue that you should keep an eye on. Here’s a number of things you can learn about your health by looking closely at your feet.

  1. Consistently Cold Feet – If your feet are cold, it may just be a sign that you should throw on a pair of socks, but if your feet are chronically cold or still feel cold even when you’re wearing socks, it could suggest that you’re dealing with a circulation problem. Healthy blood flow to and from your feet will help to keep them warm, and cold feet may be a sign of inhibited blood flow. One simple way to combat cold feet is to get up and get moving, as this will get your heart pumping and boost your circulation. If paired with the next symptom, you may want to talk to your doctor about the possibility of diabetes.
  2. Slow Healing Sores – If you have wounds or sores that seem to be taking a long time to heal, it may also be a sign that healthy blood is not circulating normally and bringing cells to aid in the repair process as needed. Inhibited blood flow and slow wound healing may be a sign of undiagnosed diabetes, which can damage blood vessels in the extremities and contribute to circulatory issues. If you’re dealing with one or both of these first two symptoms, consider getting checked for diabetes.
  3. Big Toe Inflammation And Pain – If you’re dealing with soreness, pain or swelling in the big toe joint, it could be caused by a few different issues, but one common condition is known as gout. Gout is an inflammatory condition that can develop as a result of limited exercise and a buildup of uric acid in the joints, which can be brought upon by a poor diet. Diets that involve high amounts of fats, red meat and alcohol can lead to uric acid development and joint irritation. Gout suggests that dietary and exercise improvements would be beneficial for your foot joints and your whole body.
  4. Swollen Feet – Swollen feet can develop after being on your feet for an extended period or as a result of bodily changes during pregnancy, but if your feet are swollen for no apparent reason, there may be other issues at play. Again, it could be a sign of a circulatory issue, but it may also indicate the early stages of a blood clot or an underactive thyroid gland. Persistent swelling should be examined by a specialist.
  5. Dry, Itchy Feet – If your feet are dry and itchy, it could be the result of a fungal infection like athlete’s foot. However, it could also be indicative of other issues in the body. Foot dryness and itchy skin could suggest psoriasis, which is caused by an overactive immune system, or that you’re lacking certain nutrients in your diet.

You can learn a lot about your body by examining your feet, so it’s important to keep an eye on them and perform regular checks. If you notice something is off, consider setting up an appointment with a foot specialist like Dr. McDonald or your primary care physician. For more information, or for help with a foot issue, give Dr. McDonald and his team a call at (860) 244-8889.

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