While we may not think of checking and examining our feet regularly, their health and appearance may give an insight into the overall health of our body. With a simple foot self-examination, potentially severe health conditions can be caught and treated early. If you experience chronic, intense foot pain, while you may contact your podiatrist, here are some physical signs to look for that may or may not warrant calling your podiatrist or doctor:
1. Dry, flaking skin
Dry, flaky, or even cracked skin on the foot’s heel and ball is often ignored and attributed to the weather. That’s all it is sometimes; dry skin. The flaky, dry skin may also be a symptom of a thyroid problem, the gland that regulates your metabolism, heart rate, tissue growth, blood pressure, and nervous system function. But if you notice that the skin on your feet is dry and you have symptoms such as weight gain, numbness in your hands, or vision problems, set up your doctor’s appointment.
2. Hair Loss on Toes
Yes, the tops of your toes have hair. While the toe hair of women is finer and may be more difficult to see, the loss of some or all of the toe hair may be a sign of poor blood flow to the feet. In many cases, peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is the cause of this insufficient blood flow. PAD may result in stroke, heart attack, or foot amputation if left untreated.
3. Black spots on your feet or toenails or lines under your toenails
It is natural for your toenail to become discolored when trauma occurs, such as when a heavy object falls on it. But black, lined toenails that don’t lose their discoloration may be a sign of a simple fungal infection or a severe prognosis of melanoma. Small black spots on the surface of your feet that look like moles can also be a sign of melanoma and require prompt medical professional examination and treatment.
4. Red, white and blue toes
That change color may be disconcerting, especially those that turn white, black, blue and purple. This decoloration of the toes, however, is the hallmark of the disease of Raynaud. This condition is neither life-threatening nor triggering further health concerns. Raynaud’s disease discoloration is caused by the arteries ‘ sudden, temporary narrowing. Often due to cold temperatures and stress, this sudden narrowing of the arteries.
12. Pitted Toenails
Pitted, pitted toenails are common among psoriasis people. The rough, pitted appearance is the result of the nail on the nail plate’s improper growth. Your feet’s appearance is just as important as your feet’s feeling about your overall health. Quick, day-to-day foot self-examination is an easy way to avoid potentially serious health problems.