5 Things Your Feet Say About You
More often than not, our feet remain hidden while we are going about our daily business, but word on the street is that they’ve been saying some things about you – some rather unpleasant things!
In this article, we’re going to look at some of the things your feet might be saying about you, while also suggesting some helpful tips you can use to hush those puppies for good:
One of the most common foot-related complaints is that of calluses, which are typically caused by footwear being worn too tight or heels being worn too frequently without adjusting your step accordingly. Calluses can be removed very simply and often painlessly by using the following procedure:
• Begin by soaking your feet in warm or hot water for 5 to 10 minutes.
• (Optional) Add a splash of vinegar – apple cider vinegar is ideal – if your calluses are particularly thick or harsh.
• With a foot file or pumice stone, begin to scrub your calluses.
• Re-soak your feet as and when necessary to keep your calluses moist and soft.
• Wash your hands and feet and repeat the process as often as necessary until your calluses are removed completely.
2. Hairless Feet:
It may be surprising to hear that hairless feet and toes can be an indicator of poor circulation as the heart is unable to pump enough blood to your lower body to stimulate hair growth. In this case, you might want to consult your doctor for further advice. However, natural products such as cayenne pepper, cinnamon and omega-3 fish oils can act as fantastic circulatory aids by dilating your blood vessels and thinning the blood slightly.
The dreaded charley horse can be a telltale sign that you are dehydrated, deficient in certain minerals or a combination of both as if most often the case. Minerals such as sodium, potassium, and magnesium are essential for muscular contractions and for the health of your nervous system, so an imbalance or deficiency in any of these can lead to muscle spasms and dehydration. Consider supplementing with a high-potency multi-mineral or increasing your intake of potassium-rich foods such as bananas, potatoes and spinach.
A bunion is a bone deformity in your big toe and is usually caused by factors such as ill-fitting shoes, an irregular gait, arthritis or simply genetic factors. Bunions can be treated in a number of ways, including both non-surgical treatments such as orthotic shoes, bunion pads, and ice packs and surgical intervention.
5. Dry Flaky Skin
Flaky, peeling skin on your feet and especially around and in between your toes, is usually a sign of some kind of fungal infection, also known as athlete’s foot. You will also want to keep the affected area cool and dry throughout the day to help with the recovery process. If you are still concerned, get in touch with your local podiatrist.
About the Author:
Barbara Verner is a health enthusiast residing in Adelaide, Australia. She is writing on behalf of Entire Podiatry – a Brisbane-based podiatry clinic which can help you deal with a range of issues such as: in-grown toe-nails, sports injuries, bunions and general foot care. When not writing, you can see her relaxing or watching horror, thriller and action movies. You can follow her on Google+.