Your Feet Reflect Your Health

If “eyes are the windows to the soul,” feet are the mirrors of inside the head and body. If you want to know how healthy you are, take a good look at your feet.

Here is a quote from Jane Andersen, DPM, president of the American Association of Women Podiatrists. "You can detect everything from diabetes to nutritional deficiencies just by examining the feet."
Does this statement surprise you? Read on to know more about how you can detect your good (or bad) health from your feet.

Warning Signals

In the medical field, it is widely accepted that a person’s feet have the ability to send warning signals about the health of the person. Whenever there is a change in your feet—it may be visible in the skin and nails. Sometimes you would know by just how they feel—do not ignore it. It could be a warning, the first red flag of a potentially serious problem. Some of them are as follows
  • Hairless feet and toes means there is s circulation problem; the heart is unable to pump enough blood to go to your feet.
  • Frequent cramps and numbness means you have dehydration and nutritional deficiencies.
  • A wound or sore that does not heal for a long time means you could have diabetes or even skin cancer.
  • Sharp pain in the heel when you stand up or get out of bed means plantar fasciitis, a condition associated with lack of physical exercises and obesity.
  • Yellow toenails mean fungal infection on the underside of the nails. This may be due to inadequate or too much pedicure. Keeping nails painted for months together can also make you nails yellow.

What your Feet Say about You

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), the feet are a ‘marvel of engineering’. It is a combination of 60 joints, 50 bones and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They have all the nerve ends and they say a lot about you. Here are some interesting foot analysis

  • When you are embarrassed, your big toe blushes with your neck.
  • Wide feet are solid worker’s feet, but long and narrow ones are the delegator’s feet.
  • A gap between the big and the second toe indicates that you are emotional and need time to make decisions.
  • A long big toe shows you are clever and creative. A short one indicates you are a multi-tasker.
  • When the second toe is longer than the big toe, it means you have string leadership qualities.
  • If you are able to wiggle your little toe alone, that is, when you move it, your fourth toes remains straight, it means you are not only impulsive and charming, but also a flirt.

Feet are the pillars of your building – the body. They take all the weight, provide mobility, but are the most neglected part of the body.

If you have pain in your feet that won’t go away, it is time to see a doctor, not just any doctor, but a specialist for the feet, called a podiatrist.


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