What Your Feet Say About Your Health: Part 2

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When’s the last time you took a good look at your feet?

The feet are one of the most underappreciated parts of the body, yet they have the herculean task of carrying your body wherever you go. Medical professionals advise patients that the feet provide information about many health problems, reinforcing the importance of understanding the messages they send.

This blog post is part two of two in a discussion of 18 health issues that may be detected by examining the feet. Review the first nine covered in part one.

Consider this list of symptoms:

10. Pocked, pitted nails – A possible sign of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis; often the knuckle nearest the nail is dry, red and inflamed

11. Foot drop – Usually this problem is manifested by an inability to raise the front of the foot; may be a symptom of nerve or muscle damage initiated in the back, shoulder or neck; some chemotherapy drugs also may create this problem

12. Powdery-dry skin – Often dry flaky skin is an indication of athlete’s foot, a fungal infection

13. Red, white and blue skin colors – This may be a sign of Raynaud’s disease, which limits blood flow, causing the skin to turn white, then blue and finally red before returning to a natural skin color

14. Foot pain – Sometimes this symptom is caused by undiagnosed stress fractures; the discomfort may be felt along the sides of the feet, in the soles or all over the foot

15. Clubbed toes – For people with this condition, the tips of the toes swell and develop bumps; may be an indication of pulmonary (lung) disease, heart disease or Crohn’s disease

16. Sharp heel pain – According to medical professionals, this is a symptom of plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissues along the bottom of the foot

17. Smelly feet – The feet contain more than 500,000 sweat glands, which is more than any other body part

18. Blisters and bunions – These common foot ailments may be caused by shoes that are either too tight or too narrow

To learn how to improve the health of your feet, review this article provided by the National Institutes of Health.


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