In today’s program, Dr. Reminga from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the loss of hair on your toes and what it could mean to your overall health. Hair on the toes is often something women, more than men, want to get rid of. With Summer sandal season, many women don’t like the appearance of hairy toes. Dr. Reminga discusses this seemingly insignificant topic and why it’s more important than you may think.

Our culture encourages women to get rid of unwanted hair and... hair on the toes are no exception. However, toes that are totally devoid of hair can be a problem. Our feet give us signals that can be be an indication of bigger health concerns and hairless toes can be one of those signals. For example, if the heart is struggling to pump enough blood to our feet and ankles problems with circulation will result. The body’s circulatory system brings oxygenated blood from the heart through the arteries, which are pathways both inside and outside the bones, to the legs and feet. When blood is able to travel easily to the feet and provide nourishment that supports the growth of hair on the toes this is a signal that arteries are healthy and allow blood to flow freely from the heart to the toes.

Hairless feet or toes can be a red flag for vascular disease, for example, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. Beneath the skin, hair follicles are kept alive by the blood flowing to them through veins and arteries. Over time, plaque builds up in arteries, clogging them and cutting off blood flow. As a result, all the little blood vessels under the skin die off, killing the hair follicles. Dr. Reminga discusses other health issues that can be detected early when hairless toes are first noticed such as, peripheral vascular disease, PAD, and PVD. Listen to today’s program to learn more about this interesting topic.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.