Our feet support the weight of our body all day long, which is why they require extra care. Unfortunately, they often don’t get the attention they deserve.
Did you know that you can identify many types of health problems, both physical and emotional, just by examining you feet? This is more than reason enough to give them the necessary care and attention they need to stay healthy. Find out more in this article.
Your Feet and Their Connection to Your Health
One of the easiest ways to check for health problems is by carefully examining the feet for changes. For example:
In the feet and toes, there are capillaries of varying density, which indicate good circulation and blood supply. When the number of these capillaries decreases, and in some cases nearly disappearing, it can be a sign of poor circulation. This could be caused by ill-fitting shoes or tight socks.
The sudden and frequent occurrence of foot pain may signal a nutrient deficiency, inadequate hydration, or poor circulation. It’s important to look at the causes and seek the appropriate treatment.
If foot cramps occur in those who are active or play sports, dehydration is likely the cause. This condition needs to be treated as soon as possible and can be avoided by drinking the recommended daily amount of water and increasing your intake when active. If dehydration isn’t responsible, it’s more thank likely a deficiency in one of these nutrients: potassium, calcium or magnesium.
Another sign that something is wrong: a sore that never seems to heal. This can be a sign of diabetes, as people with this condition suffer permanent damage to the nerves in the extremities and have greater difficulty healing wounds or ulcers.
Constantly cold feet are a sign that your thyroid isn’t functioning properly and you could be suffering from hyperthyroidism. Another cause of cold feet could be related to poor circulation. You should seek medical advice to determine the exact cause of your cold feet.
Swollen feet are often the result of poorly functioning kidneys and fluid retention. Certain medications can also cause swollen feet as a secondary side effect.
It’s important to pay attention to changes in the feet and to seek medical attention when necessary as changes in their condition can signal a potential health problem. As we all know, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Pay attention to your feet or your body… they could be telling you that something is wrong!