Is Foot Pain a Sign of Thyroid Disorder?

Is Foot Pain a Sign of Thyroid Disorder?

Every foot tells a story – it can reveal the secrets behind your most common foot concerns. And because January is Thyroid Awareness Month, today Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, are sharing how pain in your feet can be a sign of developing thyroid disorder – also known as hypothyroidism -- and what to look for before you go see your doctor or podiatrist for a formal diagnosis.

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism commonly occurs when your thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the neck just below Adam's apple (larynx), becomes underactive and does not produce enough hormones to meet the body’s metabolic changes and needs. The lack of hormones in the body can cause chemical imbalances and lead to metabolism and autoimmune disorders. Any abnormality or dysfunction in these hormones can have adverse effects on your overall health, including your foot health.

Primary symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

  • Sensitive to temperature variations (cold feet)
  • Dry, flaky feet
  • Muscles aches and cramps
  • Weight gain
  • Enlarged thyroid
  • Hair loss
  • Tiredness and weakness

A minor foot problem can reveal signs of underlying health issues that, if caught early, can save your life. If you have a history of thyroid disease or are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s best to see your foot doctor for diagnosis and treatment. An untreated underactive thyroid can cause long term complications, including depression and heart disease.

Anything related to your thyroid deserves our utmost attention. A careful diagnosis is important. Contact Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry to schedule your very first appointment for 2021! We are here to help you with all your foot and ankle problems. Our two offices are located at 100 Remsen St Brooklyn, New York 11201 and 9036 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11228.

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