You’re a busy person. You’ve likely got work or school, family, and household obligations to balance, not to mention any time you’re able to allot to your cherished hobbies. It’s easy to push off cramping or pain in your feet as just a one-time thing that will subside. You can put off doctors visits, trying to treat your own issues with over-the-counter medication or finding a little extra time to get off of your feet. And sometimes that works! Other times, however, that pain or cramp or tingle is your body trying to signal there’s a big problem going on!
Our feet are sensitive to health problems in the body – they can tell us a lot about hidden health concerns.
Below are some symptoms that you might notice in your feet that should never be ignored. If you experience any of the following, get your feet checked out by a podiatrist:
- A sore or wound that won’t heal – A wound that won’t seem to heal, can often be a tell-tale sign of diabetes. The uncontrolled glucose levels associated with diabetes can often lead to nerve damage in your feet, which can make wounds slow to heal. Without being treated, this could lead to limb amputation!
- Foot cramps – Foot cramps could point to dehydration or a lacking nutrients in your body, which can both be easily remedied. It could also be a sign that you have nerve damage or circulation problems.
- Constantly cold feet – Feet that are always freezing is sometimes a sign of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can cause depression, weight gain, exhaustion, hair loss, and more. A blood test can tell if you have this issue.
- Stiff, painful feet – This could be a sign of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, especially if you’re in your golden years.
- Pain and swelling in your big toe – Acute pain in your big toe can indicate gout. Thankfully, gout can be managed through a simple change in diet.
- Heel pain – Pain in the heel, especially first thing in the morning, could likely be plantar fasciitis.
- Burning or tingling – Another nerve issue could lead to burning or tingling in the feet. Extreme pain could possibly indicate Morton’s neuroma.
Our bodies are linked in such interesting ways. It’s amazing that you can tell so much about what’s going on internally just through our feet. If any of the above strike a chord with you as something that’s going on, please schedule some time to come get checked out. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers provide the best in foot care and can help ensure your feet and ankles are healthy! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!