Are my feet killing me?
MY FEET are killing me!” is a com mon phrase we hear. But could it be true? Maybe not quite, but problems with the feet can indicate a more serious condition in another part of the body that may need medical attention. Reflexologists and proponents of foot massage around the world have long claimed that manipulating points of the feet can improve the health of internal organs. There is little evidence to prove this, but it is clear that aspects of a person’s general health sometimes find expression in the feet.
In this article, we will look at 10 things that the feet can reveal about the condition of the rest of the body. The feet bear the weight of the whole body when we stand or walk. The feet contain a quarter of the body’s bones. Each foot has 33 joints, 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments; and countless nerves and blood vessels that link all the way to the heart, spine, and brain.
It is hardly surprising, then, that when the feet are out of line, it affects the whole body. Keeping the feet in good condition is of vital importance to our well-being. Muscle spasms, commonly known as charley horses, can be uncomfortable, but they can also be signs of deficiencies in the body. The spasms can be caused by dehydration. Insufficient hydration can mean that the muscles are not getting enough oxygen and that there is a lack or imbalance of electrolytes or nutrients, especially sodium, calcium, potassium, or magnesium. This could be a side effect of diuretic medication, which aims to reduce excess fluid in the body.
If the spasms happen while walking, it could indicate a circulatory problem. Spasms can also result from overexertion, or not stretching enough when exercising. Finally, the type of shoes might contribute, for example, changing from flat shoes to high heels. Gout can cause the toe to be red, hot, swollen and extremely painful. Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis among men. There are around 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, producing around 1/2 pint of sweat daily
It is a type of inflammatory arthritis that happens when too much uric acid, or monosodium urate, builds up in the tissues and fluids of the body. As uric acid crystals tend to collect in the coolest part of the body, gout normally manifests in the big toe, and this is where the symptoms tend to appear first. People who are overweight or obese, and those with poor circulation, are more prone. Alcohol, a meatrich diet, and some medications can add to the risk.
Anti-inflammatory medications can help, but recurrent gout can lead to a degenerative kind of arthritis called gouty arthritis. Not quite. Cold feet can indicate a range of problems, including poor circulation, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and anaemia. Feet that change colour, from red to white to blue, may be a sign of Raynaud’s disease, in which blood vessels narrow when the nerves overreact to the cold.