Thursday, 22 June 2017

How healthy are your Feet?

If you are able to spot early signs of foot problems, you can easily prevent them from aggravating. There are so many serious issues lurking behind your feet. Here is a quick test that will help you figure out the health of your feet.

Skin:

Does your feet have red spots or blisters? Buy shoes with proper width and size, and be careful about inconvenient seams inside. If the red spots or blisters do not go, make sure you see your doctor for further diagnosis.

Foot Care:

1. Do you trim your toenails straight across? This helps in preventing the problem of ingrown nails.
2. Are you in a habit of pushing your cuticles back? Healthy cuticles provide protection from infection and bacteria, but they should be prevented from overgrowing.
3. Are you using a pumice stone frequently? This can help in preventing sore buildup of calluses and dead skin and allow healthy skin to get enough moisture.
4. Do you have pink toes? Toes that look purple, red, or blue indicate an injury, infection, or blood flow issue. Make sure you see your podiatrist for treatment.
5. Press the nail of your big toe till the color lightens, then release. Observe how long it takes for the color to come back? You may be suffering from a circulation problem if it takes 5 seconds or more.

Sensation:

Rub an eraser along the sides, bottom, and top of both your feet. Does the eraser feel the same in every area? Poor sensation can indicate towards diabetes or a nerve injury and must be assessed by a podiatrist. It is completely normal to feel ticklish in some areas.

Flexibility

Can you easily pick up a marble or a small towel with your toes? If this task seems impossible, you can enhance flexibility by gently massaging your toes and feet every day. Some foot stretches include:

1. Use a stretchy band and take it under your foot. Press and flex your feet. As you flex you will feel a deep stretch in your calf muscles. Do this on both your feet.
2. Roll the ankles to loosen up the calf muscles.
3. Make sure you practice doing the marble and towel pickups regularly. Remember, flexibility of calf muscles goes a long way in increasing the quality of your life.

Any kind of change in your feet - whether it is on the nails, skin, or even the way they feel - can be a big indicator towards a possibly serious problem that, if captured early, can save your life. Foot doctors believe that our feet are one of the first to be affected by problems with the nerve because they are the furthest from our spine and heart. This is an even bigger reason why you should never ignore your feet: They are very easily affected when our bodies are threatened, as the body tends to send blood to the brain and internal organs before any extremities.

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