Did you know that your feet can tell you quite a few things about your health just by paying attention to how they look and feel?

Whether you have pain, coldness, numbing, tingling, or something else, your feet are telling you something.

The feet can show symptoms of illness or disease before the rest of the body. If you have any of the issues listed in this article, contact your doctor immediately for treatment.

Loss of the hair on your feet and legs can be a symptom of a severe blood restriction in the leg’s arteries, called PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease). If you have very poor blood circulation, this can cause an inability to grow hair on the skin of the legs and feet. This is a big symptom of overall heart disease, and a sign that your heart cannot pump blood to the legs and feet like it should. On the same topic, having super cold feet and hands can be a symptom of a thyroid disease or dysfunction.

Ulcers or sores on the bottom of your feet is a sign of advanced diabetes. Approximately 15 percent of diabetes patients have an open sore or ulcer on the bottom of their feet. In addition, up to 24 percent of them will need their foot amputated due to an infection of the ulcer or sore. If you use insulin to manage your diabetes, you are at higher risk than others with diabetes. On the same topic, feeling constant pins and needles or numbness in both of your feet is a sign of nerve damage caused by diabetes, called diabetic neuropathy.

Thick and yellow toenails that look deformed is a sign of a fungal infection. You are at risk of this if you take certain medications like steroids, high dose antibiotics, or immune system suppressants. On the same topic, a large, swollen big toe is an indicator of Gout, which is a form of arthritis caused by too much uric acid. This acid tends to build up in cold parts of the body, such as the toes. If your toenails are shaped like a spoon, or concave, you may have a chronic deficiency of iron.

If you have any of the above symptoms, or if you have other symptoms in your feet that are alarming to you, call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room. Your feet are trying to tell you something.

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