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Can Your Thyroid Affect Your Feet?

How much do you know about your thyroid gland? Do you know it regulates and releases hormones and is accountable for everything from heart rate to peripheral nervous system functions? Because January is Thyroid Awareness Month, in today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing 3 ways that thyroid disease can have an effect on your feet.

You may be alarmed to find out that the same disorder that can make you feel tired can also be the cause of changes in your feet. Your feet may even be trying to warn you something may be wrong with your thyroid gland.

Following are 3 ways your thyroid can affect your feet.

  1. Your hands and feet always feel cold. Because your thyroid regulates your metabolism, it’s not too shocking that an underactive thyroid can slow down your metabolism and cause your body’s temperature to drop. This could be the reason your hands and feet always seem to be cold when touched. You may observe this problem worsens during colder weather. Some people who have hypothyroidism have to deal with a condition referred to as Raynaud’s phenomenon, in which the hands and feet are so cold that they turn white or blue and go numb.
  2. Your feet swell. There are several things that can cause feet to swell. However, if you see swelling in your ankles and feet on a regular basis, you may want to have your thyroid examined. Because patients with hypothyroidism are also susceptible to experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, which, if left untreated, can result in permanent nerve damage, you must have a podiatrist you trust for regular care if you were diagnosed with a thyroid disorder.
  3. Your feet are cracked and dry. Even though we know there are a lot of reasons why your feet may be dry or cracked, including long-distance running, winter weather, or standing or walking on your feet for an extended time, your thyroid might also be playing a part. Many people who have hypothyroidism, which is an underactive thyroid, complain of cracked, dry skin on the bottoms of their feet, especially on the heels. Patients may also notice painful, deep fissures or that their skin is tough in appearance and thickness. This could be an indication that you need to have your thyroid checked.

If you notice any changes in your feet, contact Dr. Hubert Lee and his team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936

Dr. Hubert Lee

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