When you consider all that your feet do in the scheme of keeping your body fit and healthy, this magnificent structure is indeed a marvel of nature. But as we all know, everything in our body can break down and not function optimally. So if you have foot symptoms that are calling out for your attention, they may be telling you to take action.
Following are some foot symptoms to pay attention to:
Hairless Feet and Toes
What this might mean: Serious circulation problems
Sudden foot baldness can be a sign that your feet aren’t getting enough blood flow to sustain hair growth, which is an indication that your heart may not be able to pump enough blood to your feet.
Frequent Foot Cramping
What this might mean: Circulation or nerve problems, nutritional deficiencies or dehydration
Randomly occurring cramps are about as generic as foot problems can get. Cramps can be as serious as circulation and nerve issues, or as simple as a nutritional deficiency.
Muscle cramping can also be caused by dehydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water (and make sure that your cells are absorbing it).
A Sore That Won’t Heal
What this might mean: Diabetes or skin cancer
Stubborn sores are red flags for diabetes. Uncontrolled glucose levels in the blood can lead to nerve damage all the way down to your feet, which means that any cut, sore or scrape can come and go without you ever feeling it. And if it gets infected, the most serious cases may call for amputation.
A non-healing wound can also be a sign of skin cancer, as a melanoma can pop up anywhere on your body – even in between your toes.
Suddenly Enlarged Big Toe
What this might mean: Inflammatory problem or trauma
The sudden onset of a red, hot, swollen and painful joint can be due to gout, inflammatory arthritis, infection, or trauma.
Flaky, itchy or peeling skin
What this might mean: Fungal infection, eczema or psoriasis
A fungal infection is one of the most common causes of foot itchiness and peeling. But these symptoms can also be due to eczema or psoriasis.
What this might mean: Age or athlete’s foot
Yellow toenails can happen naturally with age. We can’t do anything about our age, but if the yellow nails are accompanied by brittleness or flaking, they are most likely due to a fungal infection, such as athlete’s foot, and that can be treated.
What this might mean: Peripheral neuropathy or a pinched nerve
Numbness in both feet is known as peripheral neuropathy, caused most commonly by diabetes, chronic alcoholism, or a side effect of chemotherapy. If you have a neuroma or numbness in only one foot, it could be due to a pinched nerve in your foot, ankle or back (for example; the result of wearing tight shoes for many years.)
Some Foot Symptoms Are Telling You That You May Have An Inherited Abnormal Foot Structure
What this might mean: Inherited abnormal foot structure
When your big toe drifts towards your second toe, this is a bunion. You’ll see it as a bony lump at the base of your big toe; but it’s not only unsightly, it also hurts. Bunions are a symptom of being born with an abnormal foot structure and are aggravated by wearing inappropriate shoes.
What this might mean: Plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a strain of the long plantar ligament (that supports your arch). This creates a sharp pain in the bottom of your heel.
Plantar fasciitis can be the result of wearing too-tight shoes, worn out sneakers, or walking in flip flops. The longer you let it go, the longer it takes to heal. Try rethinking your foot wear and adopting a good stretching routine. If your plantar fasciitis continues, this is a sign that you may have an abnormal foot structure – Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
Foot symptoms can be mild nuisances or warning signs of serious problems that need to be addressed. Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that cause a multitude of foot symptoms and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with me might be helpful.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page by clicking here.
If you would like to contact Professor/Dr. Rothbart regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here. http://curingchronicpain.com/schedule-an-initial-phone-consultation
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain