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Caring for your feet is more important than you might think. In fact, your feet can tell you a lot about your overall healthy, which means it’s important to keep an eye out on them and to not ignore any possible issues. The following are a few signs that there is something wrong with your feet:
Foot cramps – If you are experiencing a lot of foot cramps, it’s usually because you aren’t drinking enough water or eating enough potassium. These are easy issues to fix: consume more water and potassium!
- Cold feet – Sometimes your feet are just cold. But if they are always cold even when it’s not particularly cold around you, then you could have hypothyroidism, which means that your thyroid glands aren’t making enough of a specific hormone. This can also lead to fatigue, hair loss and weight gain.
- Swollen toe – If your toe is more bloated than usual, you could have gout, which is a form of arthritis that occurs when certain acids build up in your body.
- Numbness – If your feet often feel numb or they feel tingly, it could be a sign of diabetes. It could also be a result of bad circulation, which can often be fixed by removing a blockage.
- Hairless toes – Toes should have a bit of hair on them. If you don’t have hair on your toes, then you may have circulatory issues. The hair requires a constantly renewed supply of blood. If not enough blood is getting to your toes, it means that you probably can’t grow hair on your toes.
- Unhealed sores – If your feet exhibit sores that won’t go away no matter what you do, it could be because you have diabetes. This could also cause you to see sores and wounds without feeling them.
- Rounded toes – If your toes are rounded, then you may have digital clubbing, which means that you could be suffering from lung cancer, cystic fibrosis or pulmonary disease.
Caring for your feet is important. If you experience these issues, see a doctor about them right away.
Contrary to popular belief, hospitals are not a “safe-zone” for catching an infection. In fact, infections transmitted in health-care facilities kill at least 80,000 Americans each year. What’s the common culprit? The germ-spreading handshake.
According to a recent study in the American Journal of Infection Control, a fist bump could be a much safer greeting between physician and patients. David Whitworth, a biochemistry lecturer at Aberystwyth University in Wales, “found that the handshake transferred 10 to 20 times more bacteria than a fist bump,”
“Adoption of the fist bump as a greeting could substantially reduce the transmission of infectious disease between individuals,” Whitworth and colleagues report in the American Journal of Infection Control.
It’s debatable whether knocking knuckles can stand in for the familiarity of an open palm. Mark Sklansky, a pediatric cardiologist at the University of California at Los Angeles, has doubts. “Some people feel it’s not appropriate in a medical setting,” he says. “I find squeezing someone’s shoulder a nicer interaction.”
Whitworth also found that a high five transfers half as many bacteria as the handshake (though it’s perhaps best appreciated by pediatric patients).
Paying close attention to the condition of your nails is important in that their condition will tell you a lot about potential health issues. This is especially important for individuals that suffer from diabetes as they need to be extremely careful in regard to their toenails and their feet in general. If you find any of the following things on your nails, then you’ll want to contact a medical nail technician.
White nails – If your nails are white in color, then you may have hepatitis or some other type of liver problem.
- Rounded nails – If your nails are much more round in shape than the typical curve that normal nails have, then you may have lung problems.
- Spoon nails – If your nails curve the wrong way upward and are soft when you touch them, then you could be suffering from heart disease, liver ailments, anemia or hypothyroidism.
- Nail dents – If you spot dents in your nails, then you may suffer from eczema, psoriasis, reactive arthritis or even alopecia areata.
- Dark bands on your nail tips – While the dark bands exhibited at the top of your nails could simply be signs of aging, they could also be signs of liver disease, diabetes or congestive heart failure.
- Yellow nails – If your nails are yellow near the top, then this could be a sign of a serious issue, such as lung disease or thyroid disease. It could also mean that you have a fungal infection.
- Blue nails – If your nails are blue, then you probably aren’t getting enough oxygen or may be suffering from some other lung issues.
- Weak nails – If your nails tend to split or chip more than normal – or if they simply seem weak – then they might just need some time to breathe. Hold off on any hard-hitting manicure styles for a bit.
- Dark spots – If you see any dark spots under your nails, then it could be blood under the nail caused by a physical injury.
If you notice any of these signs, contact an Advanced Nail Technician