5. Clubbed toes

Clubbed toes

If your toes, or fingers for that matter, start out thin and then balloon into large spherical shapes, you have clubbed digits. While this condition can appear somewhat comical, it could also reveal the presence of a serious illness, namely lung cancer or other lung problems. Problems with the lungs affect the digits because when the lungs are unwell, vascular resistance is decreased, which leads to a massive increase in blood flow to the extremities. this results in the swelling of tissue. This is an obvious symptom of illness, making it easy to know that it’s time to see a doctor.

4. Pitted toenails:

Pitted toenails

Do you have irregular depressions in your toenails? Is this accompanied by strange discoloration? These may be indicative of psoriasis. Psoriasis may affect the skin or the nails; generally, it affects the skin primarily, but it is possible to have a nail specific infection- though rare. If you find that there are strange patches of white on your nails, this may be another indication. This is also true if your nails become tender and painful. Generally, good nail care such as appropriate trimming and cleaning can treat nail psoriasis, as can the same medication that is used for skin psoriasis.

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3. Spooned Nails

Spooned Nails

If you have strange, spoon-shaped nails, otherwise known as koilonychia, you may have an illness. Koilonychia describes a nail that is concave, such that the entire nail is rounded and bent upward, much like a spoon. The most common cause for the formation of such nails is iron deficiency. Fortunately, this is an easy fix with proper dieting and supplements. However, there are other causes as well, including interestingly enough, a surplus of iron in the body, as well as lupus. Want the exact cause? Talk to your medical professional and get a blood test to narrow it down.

2. Straight Lines

Straight Lines Under Nail

If you have straight lines under your nails and you’ve already ruled out splinter hemorrhages, you may have to consider melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can be characterized by a long dark streak under the nail stretching from the base to the very tip. Generally, it will be both longer and thicker than splinter hemorrhage lines, and will be solitary, as compared to numerous thinner, shorter lines of splinter hemorrhages. While melanoma is relatively rare, it is the most serious form of skin cancer, tends to affect people of color more, and warrants seeking immediate treatment.

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1. High Arches

High Arches

If you find your arches are higher than they used to be, it could be a result of nerve damage. One possibility is the neurological condition known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) . It’s a hereditary disorder that can result in damage to the peripheral nerves. Since the nerves connect to every part of the body, this can lead to problems in the feet, including numbness, muscle loss, and trouble with balance. These problems tend not to be limited to just the feet, however. Victims of CMT have been known to eventually experience similar issues in their arms and hands as well

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All in all, there are a number of serious, and sometimes life-threatening illnesses that can reveal themselves in your feet. While it is true that some of these symptoms could stem from multiple causes, it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when multiple symptoms arise, or pain is involved. See your doctor immediately if you think something is amiss. Generally, it is best to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. This will decrease your odds of developing these illnesses. Furthermore, it will help you to develop a significantly increased quality of life.



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