Common Foot Problems for Men
Many men experience foot conditions and problems throughout their lives, but these are often ignored or go untreated. Here at Foot Solutions, we don’t like to hear that people have been suffering needlessly, and we’re on hand to help.
Here are some of the most common foot problems that often affect men, and we’ve put together some ideas on how to treat them.
Common Foot Conditions Suffered by Men:
1. Plantar fasciitis. If you are a runner, and especially if you don’t always warm up quite as well as you should, you may be at risk of developing plantar fasciitis. This is a painful and frustrating condition in which the plantar fascia, which connects the back of the foot with the toes, becomes damaged or inflamed. It is exacerbated by running, so treatment may include taking a break from your usual exercise regime to allow your foot to heal, and you can use specific exercises that will help your recovery.
2. Achilles tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis is another sporting injury, which may also result from poor posture. This condition is caused by repetitive movements or pressure on the Achilles tendon, which can lead to inflammation and severe pain in this area. Rest is an important factor in recovery, and it can be helpful to use ice and elevation to relieve pain and decrease swelling.
3. Toenail problems. Many men do not take the time out to care for their feet, and ingrown toenails can be the painful result of poor nail care. These are usually caused when nails are cut too short or at an angle, and it can help to seek professional advice on cutting your nails to prevent reoccurrence. Cutting toenails straight across is the best way to keep them in good shape, and taking a moment to ensure that nails are in good condition can also help to prevent fungal infections in this area.
4. Calluses. Areas of skin on the feet can become hardened and painful, often as a result of poorly fitting shoes. Visiting a store such as Foot Solutions can help, as this will allow you to measure your feet and find shoes that fit them well, taking into account the width of the foot as well as the length. Pads or cushions inside shoes can relieve the discomfort that calluses and corns can cause, and soaking your feet and filing them gently can help to resolve the problem.
5. Smelly feet. Wearing the same shoes every day is a primary cause of foot odour, and if you have especially sweaty feet, or if you wear shoes made of non-breathable fabrics, you may find that the problem worsens. Alternating your shoes and wearing socks and shoes made from breathable fabrics can help, as can deodorizing sprays or powders in the shoes.
Find Shoes That Can Relieve Foot Pain
If you’re experiencing foot pain, the first thing to do is to check your footwear. Shoes that do not fit correctly, or that do not give you enough support, can cause many painful foot conditions including bunions and flat feet. Finding shoes that fit you well and suit the shape of your feet can help to relieve existing conditions and prevent further problems from developing.
Visit Foot Solutions today to experience the difference that a great pair of shoes can make. You can take a free gait analysis test and our friendly and helpful team will help you to find the best solution for your feet.