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What Your Feet Say about You

You can tell a lot about your health by examining your feet. The doctor might check your health by taking your temperature, checking your blood pressure, looking into your eyes with a torch and poking a stick down your throat while you say ‘aahh’, but a change in your feet can be one of the first indicators that something is wrong.

Beach Feet

Why?

Our feet are the part of us that is the most distant from our heart and spine, so when we have nerve issues our feet are usually first to feel the effect. Our bodies are designed to send blood to our internal organs, but when they are under threat our extremities will experience poor blood supply first.

Flaking or Peeling Skin

If you have flaky, itchy or peeling skin, especially around toenails or between your toes, it could very well be a fungal infection. Fungal infections can be treated by applying Excilor according to directions and by trying to keep your feet both cool and dry. Fungal infections thrive in hot and damp environments. Eczema or psoriasis can also cause flaking, peeling skin, so if symptoms persist you may need to see a doctor or podiatrist for a diagnosis.

Yellow Toenails

Yellow toenails can also indicate a fungal infection, but if there are no other symptoms it could simply be a sign of aging. Toenails that are painted without a break can also go yellow. If the yellowing is accompanied by flaking or peeling skin and nail brittleness it is most likely a fungal infection.

Bald Toes

While many people might not be overly attached to the hair on their toes, the reality is that hair on your toes is a sign of good circulation to our feet. If your toes suddenly become bald it may be a sign that your heart is not pumping enough blood to the feet. Check with your doctor as it could indicate serious circulation issues.

Cramping

Cramps are common. They can indicate circulation or nerve issues but are most commonly the result of a nutritional deficiency. Potassium, calcium and magnesium can be supplemented to offset frequent cramping but you should check with a medical professional before taking these. Dehydration can also lead to cramping, so if you are working hard or working out, make sure you drink plenty of water. Also, try soaking your feet in a warm bath with your toes pointed upwards. If the cramps don’t ease, then it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor.

A Sore or Lesion that Won’t Heal

If a sore or lesion on your feet fails to heal, you should see it as a red flag. Both skin cancer and diabetes can cause non-healing sores on feet, so go and see your doctor if the problem persists. Skin cancer or melanoma can occur in the most unlikely places, even between your toes. Be proactive and have your skin checked for sun cancer every twelve months or so.

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