When it comes to your health, that could be a big mistake. A change in your feet—whether on the skin, nails, or even how they feel—can be the first sign of a potentially serious problem that, if caught early, could save your life. Our feet are the first parts to be affected by nerve issues because they’re the farthest from our hearts and spine. Even more reason to never ignore feet: They’re easily compromised when our bodies feel threatened, since we send blood to the internal organs and the brain before the extremities.
What it might mean: Plantar fasciitis
You can’t mistake it—that sharp pain in the bottom of the heel when you get out of bed or stand up from a chair. It’s a strain of the ligament that supports you arch. And whether you did it by wearing too-tight shoes, walking in flip-flops, or wearing worn-out workout sneakers, the longer you let it go, the longer it takes to heal. Your podiatrist will probably tell you to ease up on your workout at first, rethink your footwear, and adopt a good stretching routine.