Changes to your toes and toenails can serve as silent indicators of your overall health. They may reveal underlying health issues, such as arthritis, heart disease, anemia, and diabetes. Painful, inflamed toe joints could be a sign of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or gout. Clubbed toes, characterized by toe enlargement and curving toenails, may suggest lung or heart problems. Toenails that appear scooped out might be linked to anemia or autoimmune disorders. Tingling, burning, or numbness in your toes are common signs of peripheral neuropathy, often associated with diabetes. Be vigilant about changes in your toenails or the appearance of any suspicious moles, as melanoma can also affect your toes. Also, nail bed changes, like half-and-half nails, where half of the nail bed appears white while the other half is a shade of red, pink, or brown, may indicate kidney disease. Washed-out toenails, with white or pale nails and a pink or brown band, can point to liver conditions. These subtle indicators can provide valuable insights into your well-being and for that reason should not be ignored. If you have noticed distinct changes to your toes or toenails, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and diagnosis.
When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Jeffrey Parrett, DPM from Parrett Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.
Systemic Diseases of the Feet
Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.
Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.
Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.
Diabetes of the Feet
Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.
Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Waxahachie, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.