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What’s the Deal with Hairy Toes?

Hairy toes are pretty common. But not everyone has them, and very few people want them…except, maybe your team of podiatrists in Spring TX. Why would we get on board with this furry phenomenon? Keep reading to find out.

What’s the Upside of Having Hairy Toes? man with bare feet and toes

All humans grow hair on their toes. But some people’s growth is more visible than others. For those on the hairier end of the spectrum, the growth can be embarrassing. Especially here in Spring and Tomball, TX, where open-toed shoes are pretty much a year round option.

So, that’s the bad news. But here’s something positive about hairy toes: that growth is actually healthy! How could that be? Well, it suggests that your feet and extremities are enjoying good circulation. And, since good circulation to your feet is critical to wound healing and sensation, maybe those strands on your toes aren’t such a problem after all.

What Compromises Circulation to the Feet?

Unfortunately, some people aren’t lucky enough to have good blood flow to the extremities. In fact, certain conditions like diabetes or rising cholesterol can keep blood from getting to your toes. In those cases, your formerly hairy toes may go bald. And that’s a sign to come in and see us right away. Because hair loss on the feet or legs could be a sign of bigger problems, including PAD, that can threaten your limb health.

Now, if you’ve always had hair-free toes, you don’t have to start panicking about your circulation. After all, genetics also plays a role in hair growth on the toes. Plus, external factors such as tight fitting shoes, or even your hair color, can impact how noticeable that toe hair becomes, or cause some to fall out due to rubbing.

Are Hairy Toes Ever a Problem?

In extremely rare cases, sudden and extreme hair growth on the toes could be a sign of cancer. But, foot and toe cancer is already very rare, so there’s no need to panic. Still, any sudden change in the appearance of your feet–whether it’s a new mole, new blister, new wart or, yes, new hair growth–is worth mentioning at your next visit to the office.

Remember, we can quickly look at your feet and determine whether your hairless or hairy toes need further investigating. Then, if you’re still bothered by their appearance, we can always get you connected with our in-house medical-grade pedicurists, to get your feet looking and feeling their best!