As odd as it may seem, your feet may be the window to your overall body health. Here are some things to look for that will give you clues that there may be other important body issues to consider.
No hair on your feet or toes –
If your feet or toes are lacking hair, it can be a sign of having poor circulation because of vascular disease. If you notice that your feet and toes do not have any hair on them, you will want to consult your doctor to find out ways to improve your circulation thereby reducing your risk of acquiring vascular disease.
A wound that won’t heal on your foot – Wounds on your feet that just won’t heal could be an indication of diabetes. Over time, elevated blood glucose levels can lead to serious nerve damage in your feet that you may not feel when you have a sore or a wound on your foot. If your wound continues to go unhealed there could be major problems, including amputation. If you notice a wound that won’t heal on your feet be sure to contact your doctor to discuss your wound. If you are currently living with or being treated for diabetes, be sure to check your feet often and mark any changes.
Thick, yellow toenails –
Toenails are not supposed to be thick and/or yellow. Thick, yellow nails are most often an indication of a fungal infection living beneath your toenails. People that have other medical conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and other immune deficiencies are more likely to get a fungal infection than those that do not have these conditions. To treat thick, yellow toenails, you will need to consult a podiatrist. By the time your nails are already discolored and thick it is too late for any over-the-counter creams or medicines to work.
An enlarged big toe –
Gout is the condition when the big toe suddenly swells up to an uncomfortable size. Gout is a form of arthritis due to the buildup of uric acid. This condition typically shows up in your big toe because it affects the part of your body with the lowest temperature, which is often the big toe. It can also occur in your knees, elbows, Achilles tendon and the instep of your foot. If you discover that your big toe has swollen to an abnormally large size, contact a foot care specialist, who with diet recommendations and medication, can help to cure this condition.