10 Tips for good foot health
Some common complaints to be aware of to ensure that your feet are in good health include : –
1. Heel Pain – commonly this can be caused by plantar fasciitis, inflammation at the point where the ligament attaches to the bone. The pain may be sharpest when you first wake up and put pressure on the foot. Other causes of heel pain include poor fitting footwear, tendonitis, arthritis, heel or bone spurs.
2. Cold Feet – this may have more insights into your overall health than you initially think. Cold feet is often because of poor blood flow which is a circulatory problem which can be a result of smoking, high or low blood pressure, or heart disease. Also this can be a clue to Diabetes as nerve damage of uncontrolled diabetes can also make your feet cold. Other possible causes include hypothyroidism and anemia.
3. Pain in the Big Toe – The most common cause of this is Gout which gives sudden pain in the big toe joint, along with redness and swelling. Osteoarthritis also causes pain and swelling and rigid joints.
4. Swollen Feet – May be a number of factors here including poor circulation, impaired lymphatic system, or even a blood clot. A kidney disorder or poor kidney health or underactive thyroid can also cause swelling to the feet. physician.
5. Burning Feet – A burning sensation in the feet is common among diabetics with peripheral nerve damage. It can also be caused by a vitamin B deficiency, athlete’s foot, chronic kidney disease, poor circulation in the legs and feet (peripheral arterial disease), or hypothyroidism.
6. Itchy Feet – may be down to a fungal infection called athlete’s foot or even a reaction to chemicals or even an auto immune condition such as psoriasis or eczema.
7. Sores That Don’t Heal – a major warning sign here for diabetes. Diabetes can impair sensation in the feet, circulation, and normal wound healing, so even a blister can become a troublesome wound. Those sores also are prone to infection. Diabetics should wash and dry their feet and check them for any wounds every day. Slow-healing of sores also can be caused by poor circulation from conditions such as peripheral artery disease.
8. Yellow Toenails – A fungal infection often causes thickened yellow toenails however it also can be a sign of an underlying disease, including lymphedema (swelling related to the lymphatic system), lung problems, or rheumatoid arthritis.
9. White Nails – may be due to an injury, nail infection, or psoriasis however, If the nail is intact and most of it is white, it can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition including liver disease, congestive heart failure, or even diabetes.
10. Foot Spasms – A sudden, sharp pain in the foot is the hallmark of a muscle spasm or cramp but can also be signs of sciatic issues. Poor circulation, dehydration, or imbalances in potassium, magnesium, calcium, or vitamin D may also be a contributing factor,