The condition of your feet can offer valuable insights into your overall health. For instance, if your feet are persistently cold, it may signal hypothyroidism, a condition that slows your metabolism. Yellow toenails may be a sign of lymphedema or respiratory issues. Persistent yellowing warrants a visit to a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment options. Painful foot cramps can result from dehydration or nutrient deficiencies. It is a good idea to stay hydrated, maintain a balanced diet, and consider drinking low-calorie sports drinks with electrolytes to prevent and relieve foot cramps. An enlarged, painful big toe may indicate gout. This is a form of arthritis that often affects the big toe. It results from an overabundance of purines in the system and can cause flare ups of extreme pain, swelling, and redness in the big toe. Reducing the risk of gout involves moderating alcohol intake and avoiding red meat and seafood consumption. If you are experiencing unusual types of foot problems, or suspect you may have gout, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a full diagnosis and treatment options.
Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Jennifer M. Kern, DPM from South Carolina. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Everyday Foot Care
Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.
It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in West Columbia, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.