The week before Father’s Day is reserved for National Men’s Health Week. It’s a truism that men are pretty good at coming up with excuses not to see a doctor. National Men’s Health Week is a great time to encourage the men in our lives to take their health seriously – to take stock of what they can do to improve their health or to keep themselves in top shape.
It’s also a great time for the doctors at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland to remind our male readers that you should always include your feet and ankles when considering your overall health. Many minor foot problems can become major complications if you ignore them. Here are some foot conditions that men may be tempted to shrug off but that they shouldn’t ignore, according to our podiatrists Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey:
- A badly sprained ankle. If you’re a seasoned athlete or a weekend one, a young college student or a longtime member of the Over-30 Basketball Club, there’s a decent chance you’re going to sprain your ankle at some point. Some ankle sprains can be treated at home with rest, ice, compression, and elevation, but don’t tough it out if your pain is severe. If you’ve torn the ligaments in your ankle, proper attention early on will prevent chronic ankle pain and instability later on.
- Something “stupid” or “embarrassing.” You may think it’s better to keep it a secret if you have a rash on your foot or a wart on your big toe that’s been reappearing since 1998. But that rash could be athlete’s foot, which is extremely stubborn and hard to get rid of if not treated right away. Warts have a tendency to come back just when you think your home treatment has sent them packing. No need to be embarrassed. Visit Frey or Dr. Oltmann – we’ve seen it all.
- Shoe-related skin problems. Take care to purchase the highest quality shoes that you can afford, with natural, breathable materials. Plastic shoes make you sweat, encouraging the growth of bacteria on your feet and toes. Poorly fitting shoes can cause blisters, corns, calluses, and other skin problems.
- A sore that doesn’t heal. Any sore or ulcer on your foot that won’t go away is cause for concern. It could indicate a mechanical defect, a bone deformity, nerve damage, or problems with blood flow to your foot. Sores are very common in people with diabetes, so it’s important to see a doctor and rule out this serious underlying cause.
“Man up” and visit our state-of-the-art podiatric office in Solon, Ohio for any foot pain or discomfort. Call us at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.