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Health Talk Tuesday – 8 Things Your Feet is Saying About Your Health

Feet Problems And What They Mean

There are many ways our body communicates to us about the status of our health.

The system responsible for fighting off diseases and infection in our body is the Immune system.

The Immune system first line of defence is the skin and this is how the immune system works.

When the body is exposed to antigens, The immune system responds by releasing corresponding antibodies that fight off the antigens.

The interaction between the immune system and the antigen is what brings about the symptom you experience.

So here are 7 things your Feet is saying about your Health

Injuries, overuse or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot problems. Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling in the feet.

So these are some common feet problems and what they mean.

Cold Feet

Feet Problems and what they mean

If your toes are always cold, one reason could be poor blood flow, a circulatory problem sometimes linked to smoking, high blood pressure, or heart disease. The nerve damage of uncontrolled diabetes can also make your feet feel cold.

Other possible causes include hypothyroidism and anemia. A doctor can look for any underlying problems.

or it could just be that the weather is simply affecting your feet.

Foot Pain

Feet problems and what they mean

When feet ache after a long day, you might just hate whoever invented shoes. After all, eight out of 10 women say their shoes hurt.

But pain that’s not caused by high heels may come from a stress fracture, a small crack in a bone. One possible cause: Exercise that was too intense, particularly high-impact sports like basketball and distance running.

Also, weakened bones due to osteoporosis (A Condition where the bones become weak and fragile) increases the risk.

Coloured Toes

Feet problems and what they mean

Raynaud’s disease can cause toes to turn white, then bluish, and then redden again and return to their natural tone. The cause is a sudden narrowing of the arteries, called vasospasms.

Stress or changes in temperature can trigger vasospasms, which usually don’t lead to other health concerns. Raynaud’s may also be related to rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s disease, or thyroid problems.

 

Heel Pain

Feet problems and what they mean

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis inflammation (An inflammation of the tissues connecting the heels and the toes). The pain may be sharpest when you first wake up and put pressure on the foot.

Arthritis, excessive exercise, and poorly fitting shoes also can cause heel pain, as can tendonitis. Less common causes include a bone spur on the bottom of the heel, a bone infection, tumor, or fracture.

 

Clubbed Toes

feet problems and what they mean

In clubbing, the shape of the toes (and often the fingers) changes. The nails are more rounded on top and curve downward. Lung disease is the most common underlying cause.

It also can be caused by heart disease, liver and digestive disorders, or certain infections. Sometimes, clubbing runs in families without any underlying disease.

Swollen Feet

This is usually a temporary nuisance caused by standing too long or a long trip. Especially if you are pregnant. In contrast, feet that stay swollen can be a sign of a serious medical condition.

The cause may be poor circulation, a problem with the lymphatic system, or a blood clot. A kidney disorder or under active thyroid can also cause swelling. If you have persistent swelling of your feet, see a physician.

Claw Toe

feet problems and what they mean

This foot deformity can be caused by shoes that are tight and pinch your toes or by a disease that damages nerves, such as diabetes, alcoholism, or other neurological disorder.

Your toes will be bent upward as they extend from the ball of the foot, then downward from the middle joint, resembling a claw. They may respond to stretching and exercises of the toes or you may need special shoes or even surgery.

 

Spoon-shaped Toenails

feet problems and what they mean

Sometimes an injury to the nail or frequent exposure to petroleum-based solvents can create a concave, spoon-like shape. However, iron deficiency also can cause this unusual shape.

 

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