They say your eyes are the windows into your soul. This may be true, but your feet are two important keys to your health and longevity. Your feet not only support your entire body, but can provide crucial clues about your overall health.
As a podiatrist, I have observed that people tend to ignore or neglect their feet. We shove them into socks and shoes and for most of the day they remain out of sight and out of mind. Foot problems that are ignored (which usually are until they become too painful or ugly) can have dire consequences. Foot conditions that go untreated can lead to weight gain due to lack of movement because of pain. They can also cause imbalance and lead to falls and broken bones.
Each of your feet has 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. There are several nerves and blood vessels that branch from the heart, spine, and brain. These structures all connect in your feet. Your feet are the sites of several neuromuscular junctions. Where the nerves that begin in the brain and spine affect the muscles in your feet. If these nerves and muscles are not functioning appropriately, it can lead to certain debilitating neuromuscular diseases.
Careful evaluation of your feet by a qualified podiatrist can help detect diseases like diabetes, arthritis and nutritional deficiencies like B12 deficiency may cause numbness and tingling in your feet.
Take off your shoes and take a close look at your feet! I promise you will be OK. Check the temperature and the color of your skin. Look between your toes and at the bottom of your heals for any scaly, irritated skin or open wounds. Do your feet smell bad or are they overly sweaty? Maybe you need to make sure you wash your feet even between your toes with soap and water. Treat your feet as you would any other part of your body. Would you forget to wash your underarms? I would hope not! Are your feet and or legs swollen? Are you getting foot or leg cramps? You may have a nutritional deficiency or other medical condition. There are several more diseases and medical conditions that may be diagnosed after a foot examination.
Do not ignore your feet. Make a point to care for your feet daily and if there is anything out of the ordinary in regards to pain, swelling, new lesions or other issues contact your local podiatrist for a consultation, it may just save your life!
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