Your feet say more about you than you think.
The length of your toes can reveal future health threats, the appearance of the feet can reveal hidden diseases and did you know that they actually grow the older you become?
Inspired by Prevention, we highlight 5 things you should know about your fossils.
1. Never walk barefoot in a public shower
You’ve probably heard it before. Entering barefoot in the gym’s changing room or shower room is like praying for athlete’s foot. The fungus is stormed by the moisture and it is no coincidence that it is called “athlete’s foot” in English.
Has the hair on the toe suddenly disappeared? Or is the skin suddenly thinner and more shiny? Then it may be a sign that something is wrong. Including poor circulation as a result of atherosclerosis in the legs. This can in the worst case lead to heart problems or strokes. Extremely dry skin and wounds that refuse healing can be undiagnosed diabetes.
3. Which toe is the longest?
The most common foot shape is the so-called “Egyptian foot” where the big toe is the longest toe of the foot. But for less than 10 percent of the world’s population this is not true. For those with “Greek foot” it is instead toe number two, or the pector, which is furthest.
Unfortunately, this is linked to a number of health problems.
You may, among other things, suffer from a so-called hammer joint, where one or more toes is curved, and also risks back problems.
This because the balance of the foot becomes different. Therefore, be careful about the shoes you choose because the trouble may be worse.
4. Your feet grow
No, there is no point of view. Your feet can actually grow bigger with age – both in length and width.
The reason is that tendons and ligaments between the legs of the foot lose elasticity. You may therefore need to measure your feet as often as once a year to find the right shoes.
5. Look out for nail fungus!
Are your toenails discolored and thick? Then there is the risk that you suffer from nail fungus. Fortunately, it’s possible to cure, but the risk of recurrence is high so you do the right to take care of your toenails with appropriate creams to prevent it.
Be sure to keep your feet dry and stay away from sweaty socks.