What do your feet say about your health? You might be surprised how many details they can provide to help you spot diseases. Here, we’ll explain the significance of such signs and how to use your tootsies to help you recognise and prevent illness.
In general, the foot’s toe region corresponds to the head and foot itself is represented by the heel. This way, we can visualise where the organs are located by looking at the bottom of the foot.
It’s said that when a part of the foot is hardened, there’s another organ that is also hardened. This hardness – commonly called a callus – also corresponds to physical and mental rigidity in the reflex zone.
The spine reflex
The entire inner contour of the feet represents and reflects the spine. For instance, a person who suffers from bunions will find that this zone corresponds to the area of the upper back. In many cases, a bunion on your foot can signal that there’s a problem in the cervical vertebrae.
From this perspective, it may be worth massaging along both interior lines of each foot to see just how this can have a positive effect on the back. Remember to pay more attention to the most painful spots as you do the massage.
Move the intestine
The heel is where the intestinal reflex is found. If you see a network of cracks or calluses on the heels, you may want to watch for signs of intestinal issues. To alleviate the problem, massage the heels. This area of the body is (understandably) quite tough and hardened, so you may want to use a small ball to stand on.
The digestive centre
The liver, stomach, pancreas and spleen are represented by the central part of the foot. Do you see or feel any rough patches round there? If so, they might be an indication of stones in the kidney and the gall bladder.
The meaning of colour
What colour are your feet? If they’re a yellow colour, pay attention to your liver or gallbladder. Are your feet green? This hue corresponds to the spleen and the lymphatic system. When your feet take on a shade that isn’t your normal skin tone, it’s an opportunity for disease prevention. Pay attention to these signs. Over time, toxins can accumulate and form cysts which can cause a lot of damage.
See the head reflected in the toes
With one exception, your toes generally represent your upper body.
If you’ve got a callus on the end of the fourth toe or any on the bottom portion of the fourth toe, you’ll want to consider that your gall bladder is compromised in some way and isn’t functioning properly. Is your toe very stiff, curved or sore? This can be an indication that gallstones have been present for quite some time.
Be aware, too, that gallstones may also have formed when the first toe is curved in toward the second toe.
If you’ve noticed any of these anomalies, embark on a good cleanse. Carefully monitor your diet. Eat whole, fresh foods that will help to flush out toxins and think about taking natural supplements.
Got cold feet?
If your feet (or your hands, for that matter) have a tendency to be cold, your body is thermally unbalanced. Oftentimes, this is a warning sign that the digestive system is overstrained and there is intestinal fever. What can you do to redress the balance? The main thing that you can do is to improve your diet. This will help your intestines to function more efficiently. For immediate relief, you can soak your feet in hot water and give them a good massage with warming ginger oil.
Attack of the gout
Watch out for gout! When your ankle and the base of your big toe are red, visibly swollen and very painful, they can mean that you’ve developed gout. This is a condition that occurs as a result of an excess of uric acid in the body. Because the human body always strives to survive, it tries to flush out toxic substances (uric acid, in this instance) from the vital organs. During this process, the hands and feet will show signs of some disease.
Some final words…
The information that we’ve explored today confirms that there are real benefits to walking barefoot. Whether you prefer sandy beaches, fresh grass, riverbeds or wet soil, keeping the feet unwrapped is good for the soul – and your soles! This habit will help your body in myriad ways by balancing organ function and acting as great stress healing therapy.