Are your soles and toes a different colour than they normally are?

Everyone has different kinds of feet. One person has lighter feet, while another person has a yellow glow over their feet and toes. This doesn’t have to mean anything yet, but in some cases it can be a sign of something serious. So, do you have more than just a bit of yellow callus on your feet? Examine your soles closely or visit your GP just in case. 

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Below you will find the six most common reasons.

1. Callus

Even though it is officially a skin condition, we all have it. You get calluses on your feet from walking a lot or because you wear shoes that are too tight. It is an extra layer of protection on your feet, and therefore completely harmless. Calluses feel hard and rough to the touch and can sometimes be a bit yellow. So that could be why your soles are yellow! Get a pumice stone and carefully try to get rid of some of the calluses. If you don’t really like using the pumice stone, you can always try a pedicure.

2. Jaundice

When you don’t just have yellow soles but the yellow colour has also spread to your skin and the whites of your eyes, then it could be a condition called jaundice. Jaundice can be caused by the use of some medications like the contraceptive pill, anabolic steroids or penicillin. Additionally, viral infections like hepatitis A, hepatitis B or hepatitis C can also cause jaundice. Once the condition is treated, the jaundice will disappear. Do see your GP when you think you have the condition.

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3. Carotenemia

Are you suffering from an underactive thyroid, diabetes, liver or kidney disease, or high cholesterol? Then you could be suffering from a heightened level of carotenoids in your blood. Normally, your body gets rid of these carotenoids as bodily waste. However, when you are suffering from one of the conditions mentioned here, this doesn’t happen. The result? You get yellow feet and yellow palms.

4. Anaemia

A yellow glow over not only your feet but also on the rest of your skin, can be a sign of anaemia. Have you been experiencing a rapid heartbeat, hair loss, headaches, pain in your chest, fatigue, brittle nails or shortness of breath in addition to the yellow colour? Then it would be wise to increase your iron intake. Iron tablets remedy anaemia fairly quickly in most cases.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric is a type of spice that has an extremely yellow colour. Have you been eating a lot of turmeric lately? It could explain your yellow feet. There is no need to worry in this case as the yellow colour will disappear again when you put less turmeric in your dishes.

6. Something else entirely

Did the five reasons above help you with your issue? If not, try to remember if you’ve had any stomachaches or headaches, blood in your stool, dizziness, shortness of breath or a fever lately. If you have, then you need to contact your GP straight away. In this case, your yellow feet can be a sign of a more serious condition.

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