Do you know that your feet are amazing diagnostic tools? They can tell you a lot about your general health condition or even warn you of underlying health conditions. I was dazed when I found out too.
From pesky foot pain to more serious symptoms, such
as numbness and itchiness, your feet oftentimes show symptoms of disease before
any other part of your body does. You don’t need to be a doctor to understand
what your feet are saying about your health, you just need to know what warning
signs to look for.
If you notice any of the following signs in your
feet, you may want to consult your doctor.
1. Dry Flaky Skin
If the skin around the heel of your foot is dry,
cracked, or flaky; it may be a warning sign of a thyroid condition. Dry skin on
any part of your body can signify a problem with your thyroid; but it can also
be the result of many less serious health issues, and sometimes your skin dries
out simply because of changes in the weather. However if you notice that the
skin on your feet is dry, and you also have symptoms like weight gain, numbness
in your hands, or vision problems, please set up an appointment with your
2. Foot numbness: Foot numbness is a common symptom
usually related to type 2 Diabetes, which affects millions of people globally.
Diabetes complicates blood flow to the feet, which means wounds or cuts may
take a longer time to heal, leaving the bearer susceptible to infections.
If you have irregular bouts of foot numbness, and
wounds on your feet just don’t seem to heal overtime, please talk to a doctor.
To promote healthy blood flow and help prevent type
2 diabetes, be sure to get regular exercise and reach for healthy foods.
3. Morning Foot Pain
My cousin used to feel some burning or shooting foot
pain that happens when he takes her first steps out of bed. We thought it was
just due to stress until it became quite persistent. He had rheumatoid
arthritis. Thankfully he was taken care of because he was diagnosed early.
Rheumatoid arthritis inflames the joints generally
and can cause pain even in the small joints of your feet. You can control foot
pain and other symptoms with medication and regular exercise. The most
important thing to do when you have regular morning foot pain is to consult
your doctor immediately.
Morning foot pain could also be caused by a muscle
cramps, which you can avoid by stretching your foot muscles before you get out
These 3 warning Signals should not be taken lightly.
Watch your feet carefully for these signs. Prevention is way better than cure.