8. Ulcers on feet

Ulcers on feet

Typically, this isn’t the type of symptom you’re going to ignore, and really, you’re right not to. If you develop ulcers on your feet that take a long time to heal, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from diabetes. Specifically, the ulcers are caused by out of control glucose levels; glucose can interfere with circulation, and therefore the healing rate of injuries. A disease like diabetes affects your entire body, however. This means that if you do have diabetes, the chances are good that there will be other signs to keep an eye out for. Blood sugar tests will tell.

7. Large swollen toes

swollen toes

If you have swollen toes, or otherwise large, painful lumps and bumps on your feet, there’s a possibility it could be gout. Gout is an illness that tends to affect the joints. It’s accompanied by rather obvious pain and swelling and generally results from the presence of purine. Purine is found in a number of meats and contributes to high levels of uric acid, which in turn leads to gout when too much uric acid begins to stockpile in the joints and damage the body. Fortunately, there are a number of natural remedies that can help treat gout at home.

Related: High Uric Acid Causes, Symptoms, Remedies

6. Thin red lines under toenails

red lines under toenails

Thin, reddish-brown lines under the toenails are generally splinter hemorrhages. The appearance of splinter hemorrhages is not always an indicator of a serious problem, because they can, in fact, appear if the nails have been injured, but sometimes they are. Splinter hemorrhages are potentially the result of damaged blood vessels, generally from clots, and can reveal serious problems with the heart. Specifically, they can indicate endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart’s lining; generally, endocarditis results from other heart conditions, or other heart-related issues. If you suspect you have heart problems, you need to see a doctor immediately.

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