posted: Jun. 02, 2021.
June is National Men’s Health Month. At NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we want to address this portion of our Glendale patient population (and the women who love them!). Let’s face it; men are less likely than women to pay attention to their feet. Studies show that overall, men are less likely to deal with pain promptly and reluctant to schedule doctor’s appointments. Early detection and treatment usually result in quicker healing and less invasive treatment methods when it comes to your feet. Below are four problems of particular concern to men and what to do about them.
- Gout—although this arthritic condition can affect women too, it is more common in men. Gout occurs when there is too much uric acid in the body that crystallizes in a joint, causing severe pain. The big toe is the most frequent site of a gout attack. Certain foods and beverages can act as triggers for gout. These include red meat, organ meats, red wine, brandy, and shellfish. Your doctor may recommend modifying your diet or medication to help avoid gout attacks.
- Ingrown toenails—when a nail begins to grow into the skin surrounding the nail bed, it can become ingrown. This condition is painful and makes the toe red, swollen, and hot. Left untreated, it can become infected—potential causes of ingrown toenails, poorly fitted footwear, or previous trauma to the toe.
- Athlete’s foot—if you use the showers at the gym without flip-flops or shower shoes or walk barefoot at community pools and changing seaside areas and restrooms, you’re at a higher risk for developing athlete’s foot and other fungal foot infections. These spread by direct contact and flourish in dark, damp places. Wash your feet daily and change your socks whenever they feel damp to help prevent fungal infections.
- Plantar fasciitis—this condition is a source of heel pain, and it occurs when the plantar fascia—a long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot—gets overstretched and irritated. Wearing athletic shoes with worn insoles or other footwear with inadequate arch support can increase your risk for plantar fasciitis.
If you are experiencing ongoing foot or ankle pain, don’t wait. Contact our offices in Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140 or Glendale (818) 756-3338 and make an appointment so that our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan can examine your feet and determine the source of your discomfort.