Systemic Disease Often First Appears in Your Feet

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Your feet can show signs of your overall health since symptoms of diseases like diabetes often first show up in your feet and ankles. Therefore, your foot doctor may be able to give you some advance notice that you need to have other aspects of your overall health investigated.

Here are some symptoms in your feet that may be indicative of other health issues:

  • Numbness and tingling—Numbness or a sense of pins and needles can be an indication of peripheral nerve damage or neuropathy from the high blood sugar caused by diabetes.

  • Swelling and cramping—Swelling in your feet and ankles may be a sign of kidney damage and cramping may be a sign of a nutrient deficiency. You need to get proper amounts of magnesium, calcium, and potassium for effective nerve, ligament, and tendon function.

  • Wounds that don’t heal properly—Wounds and scrapes on your feet and ankles that are not healing properly may indicate immune system problems or diabetes.

  • Rough and dry skin—Diabetes complications can cause your skin to dry out, or it may be due to an allergic reaction.

  • Hair loss from your toes—Hair loss from your toes can be a sign of poor blood circulation and peripheral artery disease.

If you notice any of these problems in your feet or ankles, make an appointment with your podiatrist right away. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.