Friday, 07 July 2017 00:00

Five Diseases Your Feet Can Reveal

Symptoms that appear on your feet can offer a great deal of information about issues that are occurring other places in your body. Illnesses of the cardiovascular, endocrine, and other systems are often revealed through symptoms in the feet and ankles. It’s important to pay good attention to your foot health, as this can reflect changes in your overall well-being.

Symptom: Foot Numbness

Illness: Diabetes

Occasional numbness in your feet (after sitting in one position for too long, sleeping in an awkward position, etc.) isn’t serious. It happens to everyone.  However, if you regularly experience a tingling sensation or numbness, it can be a sign of peripheralneuropathy, a frequent complication of diabetes, which compromises blood flow to your feet. In addition to causing your feet to lose feeling, the lack of circulation also causes the wounds of diabetics to heal slowly, if at all, leaving them particularly susceptible to infection.

Symptom: Bald Toes

Illness: Peripheral Arterial Disease

Even women have fine hairs on their toes. If those fine hairs disappear, it can be a sign of poor blood flow caused by Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), which is especially common in smokers.

Symptom: Dry, Flaky Skin

Illness: Thyroid Disease

If the skin on your feet becomes unmanageably dry, you may actually have an illness affecting your thyroid, a gland in your throat that produces hormones to manage your metabolic rate and nervous system functions. Be especially alert to dry, flaky skin or cracks at the heel or the ball of the foot.

Symptom: Spooned Nails

Illness: Malnutrition or Autoimmune Disorder

 “Spooned nails” (koilonychias) is a phrase that refers to toenails that develop a depression in the center big enough to hold a drop of water. Spooned nails can be a sign of insufficient or excess iron in the body. They can also be a sign of lupus, a dangerous autoimmune disease attacking tissues and organs.

Symptom: Morning Foot Pain

Illness: Plantar Fasciitis or Autoimmune Disease

If your feet hurt when you first step out of bed in the morning, it might be a sign of Plantar Fasciitis, a common problem that occurs when a ligament in the foot becomes irritated. Morning foot pain can also indicate Rheumatoid Arthritis, an auto-immune disorder characterized by inflammation in the joints.

Be alert to changes in your feet. If something begins to look or feel different from usual, make an appointment in see Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM right away.  Our doctors will draw on their decades of experience to examine your feet, diagnose any problems, and work with you to create an effective treatment plan.

Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to schedule an appointment in our convenient Pikesville office today.