Most of us don’t really give a lot of attention to our feet, although they are a pretty important part of your body if you actually sit and think about it.
They are how you get around, how your body is able to get from point A to point B. They are how you walk, run, glide, dance, and basically how you do all physical activities.
But even though they are so essential to most of our daily activities, most of the time we hardly pay attention to them.
This is something that most of us should probably change, because paying attention to your feet might actually help you to know a little more about your body and your overall health.
Here are seven things your feet are trying to tell you about your health, and if you actually pay attention it can help to identify some health issues you might have, or help prevent them in general.
Pain in the morning is probably not normal
If you’ve ever noticed that when you wake up and try to take a few steps and it’s painful, it might be a sign that something is off.
According to the Center for Diseases Control, pain in your feet when you first try to walk in the morning could be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis, because this can cause inflammation of the joints which leads to pain. The only way to stop this pain is to talk to your foot doctor, who can probably prescribe medication and certain exercises to help alleviate the pain.
Pay attention to cold feet
For most of us having cold feet on cold days or when walking across wood or tile in the mornings is completely normal. If your feet continuously feel cold, however, there may be something else your feet are trying to tell you.
One of the first things cold feet could be a sign of is poor circulation, which is common if you are too sedentary. Making sure to actually use your feet and walk around, exercise, and lead a more active lifestyle could help with this issue.
Cold feet can also be a sign of a more serious health issue, one as serious as diabetes. According to the CDC, cold or numb feet could be a sign of diabetes and nerve damage associated with diabetes, so if you notice any of these signs it’s best to call your local foot doctor.
The color of your nails matter
While some may have pretty toenails due to a pedicure, what’s important is to pay attention to is the color of your nails without nail polish on.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, a healthy toenail should have the actual nail growing right against the toe and the toenail should look pink and not sunken in.
If you have nails that have a yellow color to them, look sunken in or the nail isn’t growing correctly it could be a sign of a fungal infection. Other deformities in the nails could also mean anemia, poor circulation, or even a skin condition.
Parched feet need more than water
The dry and flaky skin on the feet is a pretty normal phenomenon especially when the weather is hot and dry, but if it’s accompanied by other worrisome symptoms, it could mean something more.
Again, it’s pretty common to have dry feet with flaky skin around the heel area, but if you are also noticing rapid weight gain, problems with your vision, and numbness in your hands that could be a sign of a thyroid issue and it might be worth it to get it checked out by a doctor.
Continuous swelling means time to see the doctor
This is another issue that can be pretty common and caused by relatively harmless things like walking around a lot, ill-fitting shoes, and sitting too much. But if you notice that your feet are continuously swollen, it might be time to ask a professional if there is a more serious problem to be worried about.
Swollen feet could mean circulation problems because they are actually one of the first places to exhibit problems with blood flow, heart, and even kidney problems.