Health Warning Signs
Health Warning Signs in your Feet Warns You About Your Health.
The state of your feet can yield unexpected "Health Warning Signs" clues to your overall health. You can detect everything from diabetes to nutritional iron deficiency just by examining Your feet.
Want to make a simple, ten-second test Check on the state of your health by Sneaking a peek at your feet.
The lower left and right of your feet provide plenty of insightful data:
Together they contain a quarter of the body's bones, and each foot also has 33 joints; 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments; and countless nerves and blood vessels that link all the way to the heart, spine, and brain.
Unresolved foot problems can have unexpected consequences. Untreated pain often leads a person to move less and gain weight, for example, or to shift balance in unnatural ways, increasing the chance of falling and breaking a bone.
So when the feet send one of these 18 warning messages, they mean business.
1. Health Warning Signs Red flags: Toenails with slightly sunken, spoon-shaped indentations.
What it means: Anemia (iron deficiency) often shows up as an unnatural, concave or spoon like shape to the toes' nail beds, especially in moderate-to-severe cases. It's caused by not having enough hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein in the blood cells that transports oxygen. Internal bleeding (such as an ulcer) or heavy menstrual periods can trigger anemia.
More clues: On fingers as well as toes, the skin and nail beds both appear pale. The nails may also be brittle, and feet may feel cold. Fatigue is the number-one sign of anemia, as are shortness of breath, dizziness when standing, and headache.
What to do: A complete blood count is usually used to diagnose anemia, iron deficiency. A physical exam may pinpoint a cause. First-step iron deficiency treatments include iron supplements and dietary changes to add iron and vitamin C (which speeds iron absorption).
2. Health Warning Signs Red flag: Hairless feet or toes
What it means: Poor circulation, usually caused by anemia, iron deficiency, and vascular disease, can make hair disappear from the feet. When the heart loses the ability to pump enough blood to the extremities because of arteriosclerosis (commonly known as hardening of the arteries), the body has to prioritize its use.
By Jane Andersen, DPM, president of the American Association of Women Podiatrists and a spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association.