When you’re feeling under the weather, there are many ways to detect the possible cause. Your doctor will probably check your temperature and blood pressure, listen to your breathing and heartbeat, and take a look at your eyes, nose and throat. One place he won’t generally check is your feet, even though they can reveal so much about your health. Feet and toes are good at alerting you to what might be going on in your body, but often we dismiss these signs as being unrelated to other symptoms. It’s time to find out what your little piggies have to say and see what might be behind common foot issues.
Not the type of ‘cold feet’ you might get at the altar, but feet and toes that just won’t warm up. The most common cause of perpetually chilly feet is hypothyroidism, especially if you’re over 40. If this is the case, cold feet could be the least of your problems. Other symptoms of an underactive thyroid include weight gain, depression, hair loss and fatigue. See your doctor for a blood test and possible medication.
HAIRLESS FEET AND TOES
This may not seem like a bad thing, especially during the summer sandal months, but balding toes can indicate blood flow problems. If you or your doctor can feel a pulse in your feet, the reason your toes are hairless might be due to insufficient blood reaching them to stimulate hair growth.