9 Things Your Feet Can Tell You About Your Liver Problems – Dr. Berg

If you notice a buildup of fluid in your legs, ankles, or feet, experts say the swelling could be due to one of several related liver conditions: hepatitis B, hepatitis, C, cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, or even liver cancer.In advanced cases of hepatitis, some patients develop itchy skin on their hands and feet, writes Louetta Foot and Ankle Specialists, a Texas-based medical group. Their experts say that’s because you may “develop a condition called pruritus, which makes your skin very itchy. Often, the itching is isolated on your hands and feet.”Pain can come both from the diseases that lead to cirrhosis and/or cirrhosis can make the pain from existing diseases worse,” explains the Cleveland Clinic. “For instance, if you have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and are obese, you may also have osteoarthritis and cirrhosis makes your bone and joint pain worse,” their experts write. “Cirrhosis also causes an inflammatory state in your entire body. Inflammation and your body’s reaction to inflammation can cause general pain.”

Pain or inflammation in the bottom of the foot often mimics plantar fasciitis, but can be a liver problem. You can also have hot feet, and bad odor when your liver can’t detoxify correctly so toxins are leaking out through your skin. Usually if someone’s liver is bad, it means their diet is bad, and their body is full of toxins. Chances are, if your liver is bad so too are your kidneys and colon.