How Much Do You Know About Men’s Foot Health?

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Even as gender equality becomes the social norm, in the medical community, we must still acknowledge that there are differences in the bodies of men and women – and often lifestyle ones as well.  These differences lead to differences in which illnesses and injuries more often affect men and women. For example, at Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A., Dr. James M. McKee often sees women suffering from Haglund’s deformity, a bony protrusion at the back of the heel caused by years of wearing high-heeled shoes with rigid backs. On the other hand, men are more likely to make an appointment to be seen for: 

  • Foot odor – known medically as bromodosis, unpleasant and unrelenting foot odor is more likely to strike men than women. Men are more likely to wear the same shoes every day, and less likely to air them out between uses. Men also sweat more than women do. These factors combine to create an environment hospitable to the proliferation of the bacteria that lead to odor.

  • Ingrown toenails – While women may enjoy the occasional pedicure at home or at a salon, men tend to trim their own toenails, and often fail to do a careful job of it. Always trim toenails straight across. Never round the corners as you might on fingernails. Use a clipper made for the job, rather than scissors. See the podiatrist right away if you notice redness, tenderness, or pus at the area where the nail meets the skin.

  • Complications of diabetes – Men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with diabetes, an illness that makes it difficult for the body to regulate blood glucose levels effectively. Diabetes affects the entire body. Symptoms including numbness and ulcerated wounds often appear on the feet. It is essential that diabetics be monitored by a podiatrist regularly.

If you are a man with concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, and lower legs, the first step is to schedule a visit with a board-certified podiatrist like James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS. With years of specialized training and experience, these experts are the best-qualified professionals to examine your feet, diagnose your issue, and provide ongoing care. For a convenient appointment in our comfortable office on Solomons Island Road, call Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A. at 410-224-4448 or click here today.