June is Men’s Health Month, and Freeland Foot and Ankle Clinic is kicking it off with six tips for men to help them take better care of their feet. Read on to learn how to have better looking, better feeling feet.
1: Manage Your Sweaty Feet
Because our feet spend most of their time in socks and shoes, they can get sweaty, smelly, and itchy. Sweaty feet are a haven for bacteria and infections, so keeping them clean and dry to the best of your ability will give you the best chance of avoiding unsightly odors.
Change your socks regularly to avoid the bacteria that lives on dirty socks. It is also important to thoroughly clean your feet every day and after any strenuous activity.
2: Get a Good Moisturizer
When you’re done cleaning your feet in the shower (as we mentioned in Tip #1), dry your feet thoroughly, paying close attention to the area between the toes, as sweat between the toes can beckon hosts of fungus and bacteria.
We recommend using a moisturizer on the feet regularly—especially the heels, which tend to easily become dry and cracked. Do avoid putting moisturizer on or around the toes, however.
Dr. Dailey recommends Urea Care, which can be purchased right in our office!
3. Keep Your A1C in Check
If you have diabetes, you know how important A1C is to overall health. Unmanaged diabetes can cause very dangerous and sometimes costly foot issues. Keep your blood sugar levels under control by eating healthy and exercising regularly.
If you are diabetic, regular visits to a podiatrist (at least once a year) are strongly recommended, even if you do not yet have a history of foot problems. Preventative care helps us spot warning signs early and deal with them before they become serious.
4. Take Care of Your Toenails
Long, overgrown toenails host dirt and bacteria, fungal infections, and can lead to toenail damage or ingrown toenails. When cutting your toenails, cut straight across to avoid ingrown nails.
If you have thick, discolored toenails, many topical solutions are available—Clarus and Tolcylen being the two offered at Freeland Foot and Ankle Clinic. Call our office and ask about pain free, non-invasive laser nail therapy for fungal toenails.
5. Don’t Hack, Dig, or Cut Into Your Feet
Our receptionist could tell you all about the large number of men who call the office after attempting to cut off a corn, dig out a foreign body, or pull off a toenail. Men are more likely to attempt these “bathroom surgeries” in an effort to avoid going to the doctor.
Always remember to consult with a podiatrist when it comes to your feet, and never use anything sharp to alleviate your ailments. Doing so will extend healing time and can cause nasty infections.
6. Wear the Right Shoes
We have talked about the importance of good, properly-fitted shoes before, but it bears repeating. Go through your shoes and decide if it’s time to let go of some of those smelly, stretched out sneakers.
Ill-fitting shoes cause foot and heel pain, toenail damage, and more. Make sure to focus on the fit rather than the size. Check out our recent blog to find some great shoe recommendations from Dr. Dailey himself.
Call Us if You Need Foot Care
The most important thing to remember is this: don’t feel ashamed of your foot issues. As men, it is easy to brush off minor issues as being something you just have to deal with. Maybe there is some embarrassment at the thought of seeking help with your feet.
Don’t feel ashamed of your foot issues. Whether you have smelly feet, itchy feet, or painful feet, Dr. Dailey and his team at Freeland Foot and Ankle Clinic strive to get you back on your feet in no time.