Most people don’t pay enough attention to their feet. They help you walk and move you from place to place, but they may also have another important role! Like the rest of your body, your feet can be good indicators of your overall health.
They can give you hints of medical conditions or illnesses that may be silently lurking in you. Keep an eye out for the following signs on your feet and you just might be able to prevent bigger problems.
Dry and flaky feet: A majority of people have experienced cracked heels at some point in their lives. Although they are fairly common, they do not affect people all the time. Consistently cracked heels that include dry and thickened skin could indicate certain thyroid issues.
Swelling in the big toe: If you’ve been struggling to put on shoes because your big toes are swollen, then you may have gout. This condition is a type of arthritis that causes your joints to swell.
Hairless toes: While this may seem aesthetically appealing, bald toes are signs of a condition known as peripheral artery disease. This is a serious condition that could result in losing a limb.
Red streaks under toenails: These are known as splinter hemorrhages. Normally, they are not dangerous and only indicate that you may have suffered a minor injury. However, if all your toenails have red lines or streaks under them, then this is a symptom of infected heart valves or lupus.
Pitted toenails: Some people have dents or “pits” in their toenails. Typically, this is caused due to your footwear, but there are chances that this may be a symptom of skin diseases such as alopecia, eczema, or psoriasis.
Straight parallel lines under toenails: A streak or spot is relatively harmless, but parallel streaks or lines under your toenails can suggest that your body is lacking in protein or you may be malnourished.
Spooned toenails: Spooned nails are seen in people whose toenails become concave or spoon-shaped. While this may be unsightly and uncomfortable, it could be a symptom of conditions such as anemia or lupus.
Clubbed toes: When the tissue in your big toes becomes thickened, it causes the toe to appear rounded or bulbous. This could signify a dangerous condition such as stomach or lung cancer.
Sudden formation of high arches: While most of the world considers high arches to be very attractive, a sudden change in the arch shape of your foot could mean that you may have a type of nervous system disorder. This includes polio, stroke, tumor in the spinal cord, or muscular dystrophy.
Wounds that do not heal: If you develop an ulcer or wound on your foot and you notice a delay in its healing, then you should get immediate medical attention because this could mean that you have diabetes.
Keep a close eye on your feet for any changes. This will help you prevent a potentially dangerous health condition.