What does your foot pain say about your health?
Three out of four Americans will face a common foot problem at least once in their lifetime. There are many different kinds of foot pain and each can help you interpret an underlying health condition or take preventive measures.
Got red, white or blue toes?
If you find out that your toes turn white, then blue, and red again and have a blotchy appearance, this can be a symptom of Raynaud's disease. When your feet get exposed to cold temperatures or when you face emotional stress, this generates vasospasms. The result is a sudden narrowing of the small arteries that lead to the skin of the feet and toes. This is known as Raynaud's disease. Chronic smokers may experience this phenomenon due to peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
What do club toes signify?
Clubbing of toes refers to a structural change that happens when the nails appear curved and rounded at the top resembling an upside-down spoon. This can happen to the fingers too. This can be a symptom of kung disease, lung cancer, Liver Disease, thyroid disease, heart defects, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease and Hodgkin's lymphoma.
A very common cause of pain in the heels is plantar fasciitis. This is because due to inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a large, broad ligament located at the bottom of the foot. It causes a sharp pain in the heel. Some of the other reasons for heel pain are retrocalcaneal bone prominence (pump bump), stress fractures, bone tumors, achilles tendocalcinosis, infections, bursitis, neuritis and Arthritis. Reach out to your physician and use X-rays if needed to ascertain the cause.
Swollen feet can be caused due to a variety of reasons, the most common being prolonged sitting or standing. Persistently swollen feet may indicate cardiovascular ailments, poor blood circulation, venous insufficiency, lymphedema, cellulitis, kidney problems, thyroid disorders or even a blood clot. Consult your doctor if the swelling does not go down.
High heels or poorly fitting shoes are bad for your feet and can cause foot pain. They can increase the intensity of foot problems like hammertoes, bunions, neuromas and ingrown toenails. Some post-menopausal Women have Osteoporosis, a condition that pushes them into the high-risk category for a stress fracture.
Burning feet is usually due to peripheral neuropathy commonly caused by Diabetes. Other neuropathies that cause this are vitamin B deficiency, alcoholism or exposure to certain industrial chemicals. Burning feet may could also point to chronic Kidney Disease, athlete's foot, contact dermatitis, poor circulation or thyroid disease.
Poor blood circulation which is also called peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can cause cold feet. This can be caused by high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking Hypothyroidism, hyper-Cholesterol, peripheral neuropathy, Heart Disease and anemia.