There’s a moderate to high chance if you’re reading this right now, you’ve either had or have an issue with your feet. Or, your feet are fine, but curious.
From foot pain and cracked heels to numb feet and sore nails, not getting along with your feet is pretty common. To be fair, we’d be grumpy too if we had to carry us around every day wedged and squished into all sorts of punishing shoes.
Yet, how many of us actively go and get professional help when our feet are figuratively killing us? The answer is not many, but perhaps it’s time we should start.
No, your feet and toenails aren’t a window into your health (or your soul) and studying them won’t explain why you’re always tired and hungry. But according to Dr Frances Henshaw, registered Podiatrist, researcher and Lecturer at Western Sydney University, there are some common and uncommon health issues or conditions that can have an affect on our feet.
Some are weird or a bit gross, and many are fairly normal. And when it comes to feet, there’s no silly questions. Case in point, Dr Henshaw once found a toy soldier stuck in an open foot wound (yep).
So naturally, we asked her for all the information you need to know about foot problems, including the ones you really ought to get checked out.
According to Dr Henshaw, consistently cold feet can be a sign of Raynaud’s.
“Raynaud’s is a really common condition a lot of women get in their thirties and forties, where they get cold hands and feet. This is because the blood vessels in those areas tend to close up when it’s cold and it affects your blood supply,” she told Mamamia.
In most cases, Raynaud’s isn’t serious and can be managed with the usual things: good socks, slippers, feet warmers or having a hot shower/bath.