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Your Feet and Health

All of us want to be healthy, however, did you know that understanding what your feet are trying to tell you is a good way of staying in good health?

Cold Feet

Men's feet tend to be warmer than women's, however extremes of coldness or warmth should not be ignored. If you suffer from feet that are constantly cold, this may be due to an underactive thyroid, while hot and sweaty feet might be due to an overactive thyroid. The thyroid has the responsibility for regulating the body's temperature, and malfunction can mean tiredness, weight gain, mood swings and thinning eyebrows. If you do have concerns, be sure to visit your doctor or health advisor to check them out.

Colour changes

Feet that are pale when you are sitting with them up, but get very red when standing could be telling you that there is a circulation issue. Your heart might be having trouble in pumping the blood around your body. This could be because of several reasons - a common one is a hadening of the arteries.

Toe Nails

Nails which are hard, yellowish and ragged looking can indicate a fungal infection. Until given the green light by your doctor, it's best to wear clean socks at all times - including in bed - in order to minimize spreading a possible infection. Indented nails together with feelings of persistent tiredness can indicate a form of anaemia. Speak to your doctor.


Feet swell during the day, so when choosing new shoes it is wise to shop in the afternoon or evening. This way you will have a more comfortable fit that will ensure your feet and body stay healthy.

Poorly fitting shoes can easily cause foot pain and may lead on to muscular, skeletal and postural problems. Feet that are persistently swollen (known as oedema or edema) may be a sign of high blood pressure (hypertension), especially if accompanied by coldness and a tingling sensation.

Other health difficulties that swollen feet may indicate include diabetes, edema and obesity.

Self help options, if the above are not responsible, include not standing in one position for long periods or overusing laxatives, exercising regularly and cutting back on salt while continuing to drink enough water.

Cracked heels

A thickening of the skin around the heel area or red flaky skin under the heel can lead to cracks and fissures.

Quite often the cause can be ill fitting or unsupportive open backed shoes or standing for long periods, however cracked heels can also be a symptom of psoriasis, obesity, flat feet or diabetes.

Burning feet

A feeling of burning and stinging within the feet, often accompanied by swelling and redness, can be a symptom of long term alcohol abuse and liver damage, thyroid issues, kidney damage or simply a material that irritates the skin.

Foot Rashes

Rashes on the foot may be caused by a number of things from heat rash or an insect bite to sexually transmitted infections. You can rule out the commoner possibilities by daily washing and proper drying of the feet, wearing correctly fitting socks, tights and shoes etc.

If you have any concerns about your feet's condition, then it would be wise to visit your doctor or medical practitioner who can advise you.

About Author Peter James Field :

Peter Field is one of the foremost hypno-psychotherapists working in the UK today. He is a Member of the British Association for Counselling &amp; Psychotherapy and Fellow of The Royal Society of Health. For a FREE hypnosis download visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> More of his interesting articles and other useful information may be found on his website: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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