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Yellow feet: Causes of yellowing of the soles / toes

  1. Yellow feet have many causes that are usually benign or mild, such as calluses or high levels of carotenoids in the blood. Other symptoms also occur in patients with a yellow foot color, such as areas of thick, waxy or dry skin. Sometimes only certain areas of the foot are colored yellow, such as ankle the toes or the sole of the foot. Other causes lead to a yellowing of the entire foot. Furthermore, depending on the underlying problem, other symptoms such as fatigue, itching or a sensitivity to cold temperatures occur. The outlook for patients with yellow feet depends on the cause of this discoloration. In most cases, the feet will return to their normal color once the underlying condition has been successfully treated.

Anemia and yellow skin discoloration

  1. Pale skin color or yellow skin is sometimes a sign of iron deficiency anemia (ferriprieve anemia

Carotenemia and yellow color of soles and palms

  1. Carotenemia is a condition caused by excessively high levels of carotenoids in the blood. Carotenoids are the yellow-red pigments in fruits and vegetables. The most famous carotenoid is beta-carotene, which is naturally present in carrots

Calluses and yellow spots on the feet

  1. Callus is a thick, hard area of ​​skin that often appears as a yellow, dry, scaly, or waxy patch. Calluses develop on the skin in response to pressure or friction. Calluses usually form on the feet, usually from wearing ill-fitting shoes


  1. Jaundice (icterus) is a yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes. This develops when too much bilirubin (a waste product from the breakdown of red blood cells) builds up in the body. Patients with jaundice may experience yellow feet, but they also have yellow skin on other parts of the body. Furthermore, patients may have an (intense) itchy skin

High doses of turmeric and yellowing of the soles of the feet

  1. Turmeric is a mild spice that patients often use medicinally. Namely, this herb provides antioxidants and inflammation

Raynaud's disease and toes with a yellow tint

  1. In Raynaud's disease (Raynaud's phenomenon), which affects approximately 10% of the population, patients experience unusually numb and cold fingers and toes at low temperatures or in response to emotional stress. Other sensations are tingling or tingling

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