3 Clues Your Feet Say About Your Health

Fun with your feet

Let’s have a little fun. Once you try the following exercise you will realize just how everything is so very connected in your body. Are you ready? Lift your right foot and make circles in a clockwise direction. At the same time, use your right hand index finger and draw the number “6” in the air. Did you notice that your foot changed direction? This happens because you simply cannot control it. Since your left brain controls the right side of your body, the two opposite movements at the same time confuse your brain. Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart, a clinical researcher specialazing in chronic pain calls this the Foot to Brain Connection. 

Are you healthy?

If you quickly want to find out if you are healthy, look no further than to your foot. “You can detect everything from diabetes to nutritional deficiencies just by examining the feet,” says Jane Andersen, DPM, president of the American Association of Women Podiatrists. Your feet provide a lot of insightful data. Did you know that each foot has 33 joints; 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles; and many nerves and blood vessels that link to your spine, heart and brain? Your feet can send your messages and alerts so make sure you pay attention to them carefully.

3 clues to look for 

1. Toenails with spoon-shaped indentations

If your toenails are slightly sunken, it could mean that you have anemia (iron deficiency) that is caused by not having enough hemoglobin in your body.  Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein in the blood cells that carries oxygen. Women especially have to be careful as heavy menstrual period can trigger anemia. If you suspect you might have anemia, have your doctor do a blood count first. Most of the time iron supplement along with Vitamin C (helps absorb iron) can resolve the symptoms. In more sever cases your doctor should treat you accordingly.

2. Frequent foot cramping

I know this happens to so many of us and believe it or not it is not something that is hard to get rid of.  It happened to me several times after exercise and that stabbing feeling is not fun at all. The hard contraction of muscle is many times due to exercise, dehydration or lack of sufficient potassium, calcium and magnesium in your diet. Pregnant women often feel it at the last stretch of their pregnancy due to increased blood volume and reduced circulation. If you feel the cramps grab a banana or drink a cup of milk while asking your partner to give you a much-deserved massage.

3. A sore on the bottom of the foot that does not heal

This is something that you really need to be concerned about. A cut, a scrape (especially if fouls-smelling) or irritation caused by pressure or friction might be a clue to diabetes. The sores do not heal because elevated blood glucose levels lead to nerve damage in the feet. Mae sure you get them treated! If you go without treatment the ulcers can get infected and amputation becomes unavoidable. If you suspect that you or someone you know might be facing diabetes, make sure to go and visit your doctor.