January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Did you know the thyroid controls your body’s metabolism and plays an important role in releasing hormones that affect your nervous system and heart rate? A healthy thyroid is crucial for the proper functioning of the body.

Many people are unaware of the effects an underactive thyroid can have on your feet. This blog explains how your feet may warn you of a problem with your thyroid.

  • Weight gain: An underactive thyroid slows down the metabolism process, which means your food consumption is not being transformed into energy as quickly as it otherwise would. As a result, you start gaining weight, which puts pressure on your feet. Excessive weight can result in foot pain.
  • Cold feet and hands: If your feet and hands are always cold, it is likely you have an underactive thyroid. A drop in temperature may also be combined with a change in the color of the feet to a bluish or white shade, indicating poor blood flow. These symptoms are usually associated with hypothyroidism.
  • Swelling: While other factors can cause swelling in the ankles and feet, frequent or regular swelling should not be overlooked. Get your thyroid examined so your podiatrist can assist you with any extra precautionary care that may be required due to a thyroid disorder.
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome: In this condition, associated with hypothyroidism, the tibial foot nerve becomes damaged, and results in a burning or numbing sensation in the feet and ankles. Seeking immediate medical assistance is extremely important in such cases.
  • Foot pain: Hypothyroidism can also lead to autoimmune problems, in which the healthy muscles and joints of the body are impacted, resulting in stiffness and pain. Swelling is also common in such cases.
  • Cracked and dry feet: It is normal for feet to become dry and flaky during cold winter months. However, it is possible your thyroid may be causing your skin to become dry and cracked, particularly from the bottom. Patients with hypothyroidism may encounter extremely rough skin or deep fissures in their feet. it is strongly advised not to ignore such symptoms and get your thyroid checked right away.

Thyroid symptoms also include feelings of excessive tiredness and constant fatigue. Your feet may be indicating you need to get your thyroid checked and treated before you feel healthy and fit again. Consult your podiatrist if you are experiencing pain, stiffness or swelling due to a thyroid disorder. Treatment can range from resting, using customized orthotics to surgery.

At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we are here to address all your foot concerns. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.