What do your feet tell you about your health and personality?

Who would've thought that your little feet could reveal so much about who you are as a person? According to the Daily Mail, these foot traits correlate to these different personality traits:

  • Second toe larger than big toe: strong natural leadership qualities.
  • Very small little toe: a childlike sense of fun. If it wiggles independently of the others, you're adventurous and hate routine.
  • Long feet: you want recognition for your good points. If they're extra long, you love the limelight.
  • Flat feet: very sociable, you feel re-energised when you're around other people. You'd like more support.
  • Thick nails: someone is trying to interfere or tell you what to do, so you're trying to protect your ideas from them. 
  • Square toes: you speak bluntly. If you have more than one, you're strong-minded (ie: stubborn). Rounder toes are a sign of diplomacy.
  • Hairy toes: you're sensitive, but you hide this fact with deflection. 
  • Cracked heels: there are obstacles you feel you have to overcome before you can move forward.
  • Athletes foot: you're irritated at someone nagging and hindering your progress.
  • Bunion: you bend over backwards doing far too much for others and not enough for yourself. 

Those tootsies can also tell us a lot about our health apparently, according to Sydney podiatrist Kate McArthur:

Toenail discolouration

While sometimes due to overuse of nailpolish, toenail discolouration could also signal that you have a fungal infection in the nail. Yellow toenails may also be a result of psoriasis or eczema - conditions of the skin. Trauma to the foot may contribute to discoloured nails.

Constantly cold feet

'Diabetes can change your peripheral blood supply and also change nerve function in your feet, making your feet feel constantly cold and icy to the touch,' Ms McArthur said. This symptom may also be due to a condition called chilblains - patches of red, swollen or itchy skin. This is usually a winter condition that effects people of all ages. 

Dry, flaky or cracked skin

There can be many causes for the skin on your feet remaining dry and cracked, including Athlete's Foot, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema or keratoderma - a marked thickening of the skin.

Cramps in your feet

'Typically, cramping in your feet shows you are not getting enough oxygen to your feet,' she said. 'You may also be low on magnesium. A simple way to increase this is to take magnesium supplements or apply a magnesium spray to the affected area.'

Swollen or sore feet

'Swollen feet, especially if they have become painful, could signal an injury (acute or chronic) or be a result of poorly fitting shoes,' Ms McArthur said.

She added surgery can also cause the feet to swell, often for as long as six months after an operation.

'Oedema (swelling) can be associated with other conditions including heart problems, renal and lymphatic disease.'

Sores that won't heal

'You may have something as simple as a plantar wart. These are painful, bleed and don't heal,' the expert said.

'Other sores people may notice on their feet include palmoplantar pustular psoriasis - small yellow pustules that are more commonly linked to smokers.'

Other causes may be due to anaemia or diabetes.

McArthur encourages anyone who has concerns about their feet to get these checked by their local podiatrist - there may be a simple solution that may prevent further problems down the road!