In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about 8 subtle conditions that may reveal a bigger story when they appear on the feet.

Our feet can be indicators of what may be happening in the rest of our body. They should get a lot of credit because they can alert us to

serious illnesses like thyroid disease, heart disease, and diabetes, for example. Dr. Reminga talks in more detail about these conditions and others as well. For example, if you notice dry, cracked skin it may be a Thyroid problem which can cause severe dryness of the skin on the feet and could be a telltale sign.

Another story behind the story when it comes to your feet is… if you notice bald toes it could be Arterial Disease. If the hair growth on your toes suddenly disappears, it could signal poor blood circulation possibly caused by peripheral arterial disease or PAD. Signs of PAD can include decreased hair growth on the feet and ankles, purplish toes, and thin or shiny skin. PAD is buildup of plaque in the leg arteries. It can be detected by checking for a healthy pulse in the foot or it can be spotted on an X-ray.

If you develop an enlarged, painful big toe... it could be from something you ate. The painful result could be Gout, a type of arthritis that usually affects the joint of the big toe. Foods high in purine, a chemical compound found in red meats, fish, and certain alcoholic drinks, can trigger an attack by raising levels of uric acid in the body. Uric acid is normally excreted through urine, but it can be overproduced or under-excreted in some people. In this case, the deposit of uric acid will appear in the joint, most commonly the big toe or the ankle.

Dr. Reminga continues to discuss additional foot conditions such as ulcers that don’t heal, clubbing of the foot, tiny red lines across the toenail, a dark vertical line that runs under the toenail, a sudden high arch... all of which could indicate more serious problems. These can include lung cancer, heart disease, a heart infection, skin cancer, and nerve damage.

Listen to find out more about more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

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.