June is Men’s Health Month and here at Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we want to offer some suggestions to our male patients (and the women and children who love them!). Men are just as susceptible to most foot disorders as women. How they deal with symptoms, prevention and treatment, however, is often different and can result in debilitating foot conditions.
Check it Out — if you spot something unusual on your foot — a growth, change in shape, color or toe position, swelling, bruises, cuts that don’t seem to be healing, toenail deformities, etc.— it’s important to make an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, to get it evaluated. Studies have shown that in many cases, men put off making a doctor’s appointment because they fear getting bad news. Ironically, delaying seeking treatment usually results in a condition getting worse and requiring more invasive treatment. Help your man become educated about recognizing symptoms beyond pain that can signal foot trouble and encourage him to get foot changes and pain checked out promptly.
Play it Safe — too often men don’t think they need to protect themselves and see preventative measures as inconvenient. Be sure your man uses sunscreen on his feet (and the rest of his body), wears heavy work boots for mowing or if his job involves construction or other heavy equipment. Remind him to examine his sneakers from time to time and upgrade to a new pair for sports and other fitness activities if they are worn out.
Daily Care — a basic regimen that includes washing feet daily with soap and water and drying completely and using a foot powder each morning to help keep feet dry can prevent fungal and bacterial infections. If your husband or dad is being treated for a chronic foot condition, do what you can to make sure they keep their appointments and follow the foot doctor’s instructions. Many conditions that recur or cause problems in later years are the result of incomplete healing and rehabilitation.
To learn more about protecting the health of men’s feet, contact our Somers Point office by calling: 609- 927-4894.