June is Men’s Health Month. It’s an annual observance designed to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage the early detection and treatment of conditions that are prevalent in boys and men. The focus of the month is taking control of male health issues with the proper screenings and care. It’s also a great opportunity to answer four common men’s foot health questions from Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center.
- Is foot pain natural? No! Most common causes of foot pain and discomfort can be alleviated. For example, did you know we have treatment options for heel pain triggered by plantar fasciitis? One non-invasive solution is wearing custom orthotics. These are shoe inserts customized just for you to provide support and cushioning.
- Does foot hygiene really matter? Yes! Cleansing feet daily is not only the most effective way to eliminate unpleasant foot odor, but it’s also the best way to avoid many typical fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot. Good, old-fashioned soap and water will do the job, and no special products are needed. After washing, be sure to dry your feet thoroughly, paying special attention between the toes. If the odor is a problem, put on deodorant before putting shoes and socks on.
- Should I see my podiatrist if I’m not having a problem with my feet? Yes! Yearly preventative care is crucial, particularly if you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic disorder that can affect foot health, such as diabetes or peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Your podiatrist is the best-qualified doctor to inspect, diagnose, and treat any health problem related to your ankles, lower legs, and feet.
- I notice that my foot looks different, is there anything I should do? Yes! It’s great that you are familiar enough with the appearance and shape of your feet to identify a change. You should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible. Changes to the shape of the foot can be caused by a treatable deformity such as a hammertoe or bunion.
During Men’s Health Month and all year round, it’s important to keep feet, lower legs, and ankles in good health. Contact the offices of greater Philadelphia’s Your Next Step Foot and Ankle Care Center for diagnosis and treatment. Click here to locate the office nearest you and schedule an appointment today.