Secrets Your Feet Tell about Your Health

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Cold Feet
Heather suffers from chronic cold feet, and no matter the season, they never warm up. She even reverts to using her husband, Colin, as her personal heater.

While Heather's frigid feet may just be a result of having less body fat than her husband, OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains that they also can be caused by anemia, circulation problems, diabetes and a slow thyroid.

"All these things are not horrible, they're treatable, but you don't want them to progress," Dr. Lisa says. "It's good to [have them] checked out and make sure that none of these disorders are a problem.

"If you start to get numbness and tingling in the foot, you start to worry about real problems ... with diabetes," Dr. Lisa adds.

Listen Up!

Do you know what your feet are telling you? E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork reveals the meanings behind your foot problems.

If you have never had a problem with cold feet, and it occurs out of nowhere, see a doctor. If you experience the six Ps of cold feet, it could be a sign of peripheral artery disease, a condition in which blood flow to the limbs can be restricted due to narrowed arteries.

Six Ps of Cold Feet
• If the foot becomes
polar, or cold
If the foot becomes pulseless
If the foot suddenly becomes painful
If you develop parasthesia, or numbness and tingling
If you experience paralysis
If the foot becomes pale

"If you don't get it looked at [immediately], you could lose your foot," Dr. Travis says. "This is more typical in older people who have heart disease or are smokers, but if you are one of those and you develop a suddenly cold foot, don't delay, go to the E.R."

To warm up cold feet, fill a fabric bag or small old pillowcase with rice, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and wrap it around your foot. The rice will hold the heat and warm your feet!

Shoe Swap

Dr. Lisa explains why it's important to have options when it comes to your footwear! 

Swelling with Pride
Swollen feet can occur on a hot day or on a long flight, and often plagues women who are pregnant. "Basically, your fluid volume doubles for the baby, so your blood volume doubles," Dr. Lisa says. "So you're going to have more retention, anyway."

The pressure placed on the blood vessels in the pelvis during pregnancy can decrease blood flow from the feet, causing swelling, as well.

Toe Walking

Walking on tiptoes as a child could be a sign of serious health problems to come. Find out what to look for and what you can do to correct the condition early.

Relieve Swollen Feet
• Wear open shoes that let the feet breathe

Wear loose-fitting clothing
Elevate the legs
Swim in a pool to help relieve pressure
Engage in sex
Control your salt intake
Get a massage, but if you're pregnant, be sure to consult with your doctor beforehand because it can cause uterine contractions

Learn how to give a great foot massage!

Foot Pain
A pain in the foot could be benign, but it could also be a sign of an underlying problem. Make sure to see your doctor if you experience persistent pains.

Find out the common causes of heel pain.

See the negative effects high heels have
on feet.






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