At times, there may be some problems with your feet that you might neglect. However, foot problems can say a lot about your health. Some problems can be easily treated, while you have to visit a podiatrist for other problems. In this article, we will talk about some common foot problems and tell you what they indicate.
Usually, hairless feet indicate a vascular disease. Hairless feet are directly related to poor circulation of blood. This happens when you are suffering from arteriosclerosis or hardening of arteries. This problem can be resolved by treating the vascular disease you are suffering from.
Frequent Cramps in Foot
Foot cramps can be caused by various problems. However, the most common are dehydration and excessive exercise. In case cramps are frequent, they may be caused by lack of nutrients like potassium, calcium or magnesium. Pregnant women are usually more vulnerable to this condition. You should massage the painful area to flex the muscles. You may also rub alcohol or apply a cold pack.
Sores That Won’t Heal
Sores that don’t heal for a long time indicate diabetes. Usually, minor cuts or irritations go unnoticed. This is common for people who are not aware about their diabetic condition. If left untreated, these sores can turn into ulcers, which lead to serious infections. You should visit a podiatrist and even get a diabetes evaluation.
In women, cold feet may indicate a thyroid issue. Usually, women over 40 may have a thyroid condition. Thyroid is the gland which regulates metabolism and temperature. Cold feet may also be caused by poor circulation (men and women). You should keep your feet warm with socks and shoes.
Thick Yellow Toenails
Thick yellow toenails are commonly caused by fungal infections. A condition called Onychomycosis is quite common and goes unnoticed for years. Till the time this condition comes into notice, your toenails are already affected. You should consult a doctor as he may suggest antifungal remedies.
Usually, numb feet are caused by peripheral neuropathy. In other words, some sort of damage to the nervous system may cause numbness in the feet. Diabetes and alcohol abuse are the main causes of peripheral neuropathy. You should immediately consult a podiatrist as soon as you see symptoms of numbness. There’s no cure, but medication can treat symptoms.
Sore Toe Joints
Rheumatoid arthritis shows first symptoms in smaller joints like toes and ankles. You have to visit a doctor to determine the cause of joint pains. Medication and therapy may help in minimizing pain and preserving function.
Most of the people suffering from psoriatic arthritis, a disorder that affects joints, also have pitted toenails. You can use medication to treat psoriatic arthritis. In most cases, nail bed surface is restored.
Flaky or Dry Skin
One can easily contract a fungal infection called athlete’s foot. Early symptoms include dry and flaky skin that may lead to inflammation and blisters. In some cases, the infection may spread as blisters break. You should keep your feet clean and dry. You should also use clean socks, shoes and foot powder. If the infection worsens, you should consult a doctor.
Shooting Pain in Heel
You can experience shooting pain in the heel due to a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. In this condition, a band of connective tissues at the bottom of the feet is strained beyond normal. You should visit a podiatrist if you experience pain for more than a few weeks.
Feel are directly associated with your overall health. Therefore, it is important to take care of your feet and visit a doctor as soon as you witness a problem.
Josie is an healthy blogger and a podiatry specialist. She likes writing about health and fitness topics.