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5 reasons to pay attention to what your feet are telling you

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Our bodies speak to us every day, whether we realize it or not.

Our stomachs tell us we are hungry, our eyes we are tired, and our skin that we are warm or cold.

There are also many other parts of the body trying to send us messages, particularly our feet. And sometimes these messages aren’t as clear as the others, but all that means is we have to pay close attention to the subtle messages they are trying to send.

Here are five reasons to pay attention to what your feet are trying to tell you so you can heed the warning signs and possibly uncover some serious health issues before it’s too late.

 

Cold feet

 

Cold feet can mean more than it’s chilly outside or that you are nervous about a life-changing decision, it could actually point out some other serious health issues.

Feet that are constantly cold even after putting on warm socks or even just after walking around all day could point to poor circulation. And poor circulation could mean diabetes or vascular disease.

Constant cramping

Charlie horses are the worst, especially when they happen to your feet, but if those cramps seem to be more regular than random it might be time to take a closer look.

Cramping in your feet could mean anything from lack of certain important nutrients to shoes that don’t fit right.

If you noticed this issue with your feet and you want to know what’s going on for sure, it’s probably a good idea to visit the Eastern Idaho Foot Clinic or another foot specialist.

No hair on the toes

This may seem like a strange one, but thinning or no hair on the toes could be a sign that something is off.

Most people have hair on their toes. So, if this is something you have had your whole life and you start to notice the hair begin to thin or go away, it could be a sign of poor circulation or arterial disease.

If it is an arterial disease it’s definitely a good idea to visit the doctor, because if they find that in your feet there is a big chance it is affecting the rest of your body as well.

Smelly feet

With how much your feet sweat during the day it’s no wonder that most of us have feet that smell a little bit once we take off our shoes.

However, everyone should pay attention to whether their feet are slightly smelly or always being smelly.

This could point to a bacterial issue or nerve damage that could have resulted from diabetes, so it is best to have your doctor examine your feet and asses whether the smell is something to worry about or not.

A sore big toe

Sometimes our feet can get sore, especially after a long day of walking or running around, but when it seems to only come from a certain area it may mean something more serious.

If you notice pain in your foot that is in or around your big toe it could be a sign of gout, which is a serious case of arthritis.

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