Research Explains 10 Things Your Feet Reveal About Your Health

Research Explains 10 Things Your Feet Reveal About Your Health



Even though you depend upon your feet, it’s easy to forget how important they are to your life. Besides taking you everywhere you need to go, your toes reveal a lot about your health. Check out this list of some health issues your toes could be telling about your health.

10 Things Your Feet Reveal About Your Wellness

1 – Artery disease

Hairy toes aren’t very sexy, but they are healthy. Losing the hair on your toes could mean you have an illness called Peripheral arterial disease or PAD. PAD is a commonplace disease of the arteries where fat deposits and calcium build up in the walls of your arteries.

When your arteries are clogged, your body doesn’t get the oxygenated blood that’s getting pumped away from your heart.


Lifestyle choices that contribute to PAD include the following:

  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of exercise


 2 – Fungal infections

Changes in your toe nails are something to keep an eye on. If your toenails start to thicken and separate from the skin near them, it could mean you have a fungal infection under your toes’ nails.

Fungal infections are easy to pick up at the gym or spa. The soft, damp areas of your skin are the perfect place for fungus to thrive. Fungal infections are often hard to get rid of.


Here are some useful home remedies that might help to rid you of the infection.

  • Rubbing alcohol soak: Make a foot soak of part water and two parts rubbing alcohol. Soak the area for 30 minutes. After you soak, be sure that you dry off thoroughly. If you have any scrapes, cuts, or nicks, don’t use this remedy because the rubbing alcohol will burn the open wound.
  • Hydrogen peroxide: Wipe the areas where the fungal infection is located with a hydrogen peroxide soaked cloth. Dry completely afterward.
  • Black tea: Some people find relief from fungal infections by soaking their toes in a black tea bath for 30 minutes every day. Exit the foot bath and dry thoroughly.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Wipe your soles in the infected area with a cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar.
  • Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil can fight fungus infections.

There are many over-the-counter products that can help, or if you can’t get rid of the infection, speak with your doctor about getting prescribed medication to eliminate the fungal infection.

3 – Arthritis in the form of gout

If you have a swollen, painful big toe, it could be a sign of gout. Gout is a sort of arthritis that’s caused when there is a build-up of uric acid. It commonly flares up in your joints, in your legs or toes.

Drinking too much alcohol elevates the uric acid levels in your body, so gout can flare-up. Drink sufficient amounts of water to aid your body in flushing away that uric acid.

4 – Diabetes

Cuts on your feet that don’t heal is a sign you may have type 2 diabetes. Around 20% of people with type 2 diabetes get sores on their feet. Diabetes interferes with your body’s ability to heal itself. Other diabetes symptoms that affect your extremities include the following:

  • Foot swelling
  • Burning or tingling sensations
  • Numbness or lessened feeling
  • Foot blisters
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns
  • Athlete’s foot

5 – Thyroid

Certain food conditions can reveal you’re suffering from thyroid disease.


Watch for these symptoms:

  • Flaky, dry skin: If you have coarse or very flaky skin around your heels or other parts of your foot could be a sign of thyroid problems. Hypothyroidism causes Palmoplantar keratoderma, a skin thickening condition on the soles, and also on your hands.
  • Itchy skin: Itchy skin is a well-known symptom of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. You may feel itchy all over your body, not just your toes and legs.
  • Cold feet: Low thyroid function means your circulation isn’t right. This causes your extremities to feel cold.
  • Foot cramping: Muscle cramps in your feet are significant symptoms of hypothyroidism that sometimes get overlooked. If you suffer with chronic foot pain, you may have a thyroid problem. Ask your doctor about this possibility. A simple blood test can help you to determine if your thyroid isn’t functioning correctly.
  • Smelly feet: Hyperthyroidism makes you sweat a lot, especially on your feet. The sweating causes your soles to get damp. The dampness allows bacteria to grow, so your feet smell.
  • Yellowed feet: Your thyroid gland produces a hormone that helps your body process beta-carotene. If you have a dysfunctional thyroid gland, your body can’t process beta-carotene, so it gets stored in outer layers of your skin, including on the foot.

6 – Lack of iron

If your toenails look dipped with spoon-looking indentations, it could be a symptom of anemia or iron deficiency. Keep an eye on unusual looking indentations in your toenails. If you notice these, talk to your doctor about the possibility that you are iron deficient.

7 – Peripheral neuropathy

If you have a sense of tingling or a tiny stabbing feeling in your extremitites, it could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy. This is damage in the nerves of your feet that often move up your legs.

It’s crucial to find the cause of these sensations, so speak with your doctor who can run tests. People who have diabetes run an elevated risk of getting peripheral neuropathy, so this could also be a symptom you have diabetes.

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8 – A nerve disorder

If you’re having trouble lifting any part of your foot, it could be “foot drop.” This could be a sign of paralysis or weakness in our muscle that lifts your foot. Please take notice of it because it could be a sign of a neurodegenerative illness like multiple sclerosis (MS), a stroke or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or other nerve disorders.

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