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Foot Health for Men!

Yes guys, this one is for you! Often men come in unsure of whether or not we handle issues concerning them. We certainly do, in fact our clientele is a 60:40 ratio, and generally the men are more consistent with keeping their appointments than the women, some of whom brought them in the first place.

Generally, men are at greater risk for athlete’s foot and other fungus related issues because they mainly use closed up footwear. Guys, let’s face it…if your idea of maintenance is cutting the nails and drying the feet…certainly more is needed! You need to file, dry between the toes and moisturise.

Good Hygiene Practices

 

Being in a tropical climate is a factor that contributes to a major battle for many      men…sweaty and or smelly feet. Our daily regime however does determine many things. “Do you dry in between your toes and moisture your feet?” one client was asked. His response was “basically I pass the towel quickly…nah, I doh do all that creaming stuff.” Not good enough! What is worse is the “Smell Test.” A significant amount of men when asked confess that this is how they ascertain when it’s time to change a pair of socks. Or in the case of one of our valued clients, the “Brown Survey”, which entails using the white socks until brown and then discarding them. Guys, this is poor … and we women appreciate seeing nice feet in the same way you do.

 

Occupational Issues

Men…if you are a retail salesperson, cashier, teacher, doctor, dentist, postal employee, FedEx worker, police officer, fire fighter, flight attendant, therapist, chef, waiter, bartender, fast food worker, butcher, mechanic, barber, military person, construction worker, factory worker, carpenter, roofer, electrician, plumber, janitor, security guard, painter, engineer or  porter; amongst other things, you all have issues! Some of the major problems experienced are as a result of shoes. You suffer because in most instances it’s boots, and sometimes steel tipped ones for protection from a safety (OSHA) perspective,  but which sometimes cause severe damage. OSHA observations are critical, but ensuring the quality of the boots/shoes is also important.

Dress shoes cause problems too. Guys in the office environment, I haven’t forgotten you. Your shoes are sometimes a cause for concern, especially the pointed tips that you metro (stylish) men walk around sporting. I must admit that I love the look, but the look when some of you take off your shoes…WOW!

Sportsmen, especially footballers, I often wonder who the brain child behind football boots is, and which side of the brain they used. In a number of instances I have seen where they aren’t wide enough, given the general structure of a male’s foot. This naturally leads to deformities of the feet like bunions, and other common problems such as corns and calluses.

Healthy Foot Care Regime

 

Unlike many other countries we only have two seasons…basically it’s “summertime” all year long. For persons who use boots for long periods, when possible, they need to let their feet breathe by wearing sandals and slippers, rather than constantly wearing shoes and sneakers.  Do follow these tips to ensure optimum foot health:

  1. Wash your feet daily in lukewarm soapy water. Do not soak the feet as this may cause them to become excessively dry
  2. Dry your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  3. Apply moisturizing cream all over the feet, except between the toes.
  4. Inspect your feet regularly. Particular attention should be paid to changes in the colour and temperature of your feet.
  5. Trim toe nails with a nail trimmer. Cut them straight across, and not too short. Do not cut down the corner as this can lead to in growing toenails.
  6. Select appropriate shoes for your feet.
  7. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest.
  8. Avoid walking barefoot, as your feet are more prone to injury and infection.
  9. Men should change their socks DAILY!
  10. Always consult your Orthopaedic Surgeon/Chiropodist/Foot Health Practitioner if you have any foot complaints.

Finally, pedicures, manicures and massages should form part of your monthly regime. Most men are usually pleasantly surprised that how good the mind, body and soul feel after such treatments. Comments are usually “My feet never looked or felt so good in my life” or “it took me too long to start doing this and I’m not going to stop now.” Seeing the smiles and hearing the positive comments are always satisfying. Restoring calloused feet and educating people about the importance of foot care is rewarding.

Your feet mirror your general health . . . cherish them!

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