Health Signs From Your Feet You Shouldn’t Ignore

Whenever something to do with your physical health is out of whack, chances are the whole body will begin to raise some red flags — or at least yellow ones — to signal a need for help. This will hopefully help end whatever health issue is plaguing you in the first place.

You may already know about the different ways in which your skin, nails, and hair can signal a health issue (essentially, if they become weak or brittle, you should consider seeing a doctor soon), but do you know how to read the signs your feet may be giving you?

Take a moment out of your day to check out your feet and look for any of the following symptoms. If you see any of them, you should probably set up an appointment with your primary healthcare provider just to check in on your health.

Feelings Of Numbness Or Tingling

A tingling sensation that’s temporary is more than likely the result of putting too much pressure on the area, usually by sitting on it; all you need to do is walk it off to bring your foot back to normal. However, if you’ve been noticing a persistent feeling of tingling, numbness, or pins and needles, this could signal a problem with your nerves. This is especially true if you get this feeling even while you’re phyically active. Whether it’s a pinched nerve, or something more serious such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a doctor will be able to give you more information on a reliable treatment plan going forward.

Skin That’s Cracked, Flaky, Or Dry

This could be a strong indicator telling you to check out your thyroid gland. The thyroid regulates and promotes tissue growth, among other things, so dry and cracked skin is a sign that something’s off with this aspect of your body. Once again, the occasional bout of dry skin is more than likely nothing more than a sign that you live in an extreme climate, or maybe you need to stay hydrated a little better. If it’s a routine issue, then you should check in with a doctor. 

Discoloration

Obviously, dropping a heavy item on your foot will lead to some bruising and discoloration (sadly, I know from personal experience). However, brown lines or discoloration that come from nowhere could be a sign of melanoma or a fungal infection, which should prompt a visit to the doctor’s office right away.

 

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