10 Things that your Feet say about your Health

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 31, 2014

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Did you know that a simple sneak peak at your feet can reveal a lot about your health. Changes in skin and nails of the feet can be sign of serious disorders.
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    Feet Tell a Lot

    A simple sneak peak on your feet can tell you everything from diabetes to nutritional deficiencies. A change on skin nails and even how the way your feet feel can be a sign of a serious problem. Here is the list of common foot concerns. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Diabetes

    Diabetes can have a huge impact on your feet causing minor scrapes, cuts, or irritations caused by the nerve damage. The damage occurs due to the high blood glucose levels. Prolonged cuts can be a clear symptom of diabetes. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Disappearing Hair

    It occurs when hair follicles have poor circulation to remain intact and is often accompanied by a cool foot temperature. It is typical of arterial sclerosis disease which is a hardening of the arteries that brings blood from the heart to the extremities. Poor circulation can also be heart related when it is not able to pump enough blood to the feet. Visit a vascular surgeon for evaluation. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Pain in the Heel

    If your feet , especially the heels hurt when you take your first steps early morning and the pain grows during the day then it can be due to Plantar fasciitis which is the inflammation of the connective tissue  of the foot. It is caused by the abnormal straining of the tissue beyond its normal extension. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Cramps

    Your feet can also hint at a possible dehydration and even deficiency of important minerals. A foot cramp can be a symptom of lack sufficient calcium, potassium, or magnesium, especially in pregnant women. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Sweaty Feet

    Your feet contain around half a million sweat glands. While some people are more prone to sweat than others, men tend to sweat more than women. However there is nothing alarming about this condition regarding health. It can still be caused by the choice of your shoes and socks. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Wrinkled White

    If your feet appear white or red along with wrinkled skin, then it can be due to the raynaud's disease which usually occurs in cold weather. The blood vessels in these areas vasospasm, or overreact, causing the color change. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Sore Toes

    Ever found your toe joints swollen and stiff than usual accompanied by pain? It could be due to rheumatoid arthritis. However it tends to happen simultaneously in both big toes or in both index fingers. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Walk the Pain

    If you find it hard to walk normally due to extreme pain then it can be an undiagnosed stress fracture. It causes discomfort along the sides of the feet and in the soles. It is usually escalated due to deficiency of minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin D and calcium. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Numb Feet

    Numb feet that are accompanied by needle like sensations are a common symptom of peripheral neuropathy that is usually caused by diabetes or alcohol abuse. The tingling or burning can also appear in hands. Image Source : Getty Images

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    Pitted Toenails

    Pitted toenails are a common symptom of skin diseases like psoriasis. People with psoriatic arthritis are supposed to commonly have pitted nails with several holes. So next time you look at your feet try to understand what they want to tell you. Image Source : Getty Images

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