Is Your Foot Pain or Problem Trying to Tell You Something?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jun 6, 2015 3:00:00 PM

family_of_feet_at_beachEven though your feet hold a quarter of the bones in your body, you take an average 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day, and significant force is put on them each time you take a step, most of the time you probably don’t give your feet a second thought until they hurt. Foot pain is a way for your feet to signal to you that something is wrong. Did you know that your feet have other ways to signal potential issues relating to your overall health? Read the article below to learn more.

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8 Things Your Feet Say About Your Health

From vitamin deficiencies to thyroid issues, your feet can tell you a lot more about your health than you might expect. Read on for some of the things our feet say about our overall health.

1. Hairlessness

You don’t have to look like a hobbit by any means, but a complete lack of hair on your feet and toes may be a sign that you don’t have the best circulation. This is especially true if you’ve noticed hair loss on your feet. One thing you can do? Test the pulse on your ankle. If you can’t find it, talk to your doctor.

2. Cold Feet

Hypothyroidism, or an under active thyroid gland, can impact your body in a number of ways, including your feet. Are your feet always cold? If you’re experiencing other symptoms of hypothyroidism, including dry skin and hair, fatigue and unexplained weight gain, talk to your doctor.

3. Swollen, Sore Big Toes

A sore, swollen, red and warm big toe is a hallmark of gout. In fact, many people discover that they have gout because of issues with their big toe. A form of arthritis, gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. Though it’s often associated with excessive meat consumption, just over 1 in 10 cases of gout are directly related to diet.

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If you’re concerned about any of the issues mentioned above, it’s best to speak to your doctor. If you’re experiencing chronic foot pain that is limiting you from your daily activities, or you think you have a foot problem, it’s best to not ignore or it, or it will only get worse.

If you’re in the New York area, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to schedule a free assessment. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: foot problems, Foot Care, foot pain