Did you know that your feet have psychic abilities? It’s true. Just look down at your toes and it’s like you’re looking into a crystal ball about your foot health. Today’s tips from a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare will tell you the signs to look for in your feet that may give you more insight about your overall foot health than Miss Cleo ever could. Here are the warning signs to look for that may mean your feet aren’t as healthy as you think they are.
Ugly, thick, yellow toenails could be a sign that you have a toenail fungus infection, also known as Onychomycosis. If your toenails are a yellowish brownish color, thick or brittle, and just downright embarrassing to look at, you probably have fungus taking over. Sometimes, it can even be painful. There are treatment options available and our New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare recommend toenail fungus laser treatment.
Red, dry, flaky skin could be a sign of Athlete’s Foot. You don’t have to be an athlete to suffer from this common condition. It usually starts as dry, itchy skin that shows up between the toes, but can spread to other areas of your body. If not treated it could progress to inflammation and blisters. Beat it by bathing your feet often, keeping them dry (especially between the toes), using a foot powder or an anti-fungal cream, and not going barefoot in public places.
You could have plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation or tearing of the connective tissue running along the bottom of your foot caused by abnormal straining of the tissue and a problem with the way your foot moves while walking. The pain is usually felt as soon as your feet hit the ground in the morning, especially in the heel, and intensifies throughout the day. If it continues for a couple weeks, you should have a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare evaluate your foot.
If you feel numbness in your feet, or have that “pins and needles” feeling you get when your foot “falls asleep” you might have neuropathy caused by damage to the nerves in your lower limbs. There are multiple causes of this, but the most common are trauma from an improper way of walking, bone deformities pinching these nerves as well as systemic causes like: hormonal issues, diabetes and alcohol abuse. If you can feel the sensation in other parts of your body, you’ll want to get it checked right away. A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can usually prescribe medications to help.
General Foot Pain
If you have overall pain in your feet, it may be a result of your hereditary foot structure not meshing with the type of shoes you’re wearing. Improper fitting footwear can cause all kinds of issues, like painful ingrown toenails, irritation of the skin over bunions (and if enough irritation occurs the bunion can grow larger), corns, calluses, arch pain, heel pain, even back and neck issues. A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can help the issues by recommending the right shoes for your feet and even fitting you with custom orthotics.
If you are sensing any discomfort at all in your feet, don’t ignore it! Remember, your feet may be psychic, but all a psychic can do is give you signs predicting the future. It’s up to you to take action and contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to help you stay in charge of your feet’s destiny.