People often underestimate just how important it is to pay attention to our feet. Sure, some people will splurge on a pedicure in the summer, but often ignore more serious issues. The average person will walk over 185,075 kilometers in a lifetime. Our feet endure tremendous amounts of pressure and rarely get the attention that they deserve.

It is estimated that roughly seventy-five percent of people will experience problems with their feet but will not seek treatment. However, there are specific issues that should not be overlooked because they can reveal more serious health issues that will need to be attended to. For example, flat feet can be a sign of Raynaud’s disease. Chipped or cracked nails can indicative of mineral or vitamin deficiencies. Diabetes can often be detected when your feet burn or break out in red ulcers. Rheumatoid arthritis is often associated with mysterious bumps on our toes. Heart problems and poor circulation can affect the shape, texture and colouring of our feet.

I could almost guarantee that if a bunion appeared on your face, you would be contacting your doctor immediately. Our feet require that same attention. They contain a quarter of the bones in the human body and can often be an indicator of more serious health problems that should not be ignored. If your feet are killing you, contact Healthy Steps Podiatry for a consultation. We’ll get you back on the right foot!

Author: Angelique Owenb