Often men tend to ignore problems until it’s too late. However, by knowing what to watch out for, men can save themselves from further complications down the line. Let’s take a look at some of the most common foot problems suffered by men.
These conditions can affect anyone, but more often than not, it’s men who suffer these ailments more than women.
Gout is a complex type of arthritis that results from an accumulation of uric acid in the joints. Uric acid can develop if you eat a lot of red meat, have poor exercise habits, and consume a lot of alcohol. So, the good news is that gout can often be treated and prevented simply by improving your diet, getting regular exercise, and cutting back on your alcohol intake. Gout can cause pain, extreme tenderness, throbbing, and a burning sensation in the joint, as well as redness and swelling.
Athlete’s foot is a common foot fungus that’s often picked up from public places, such as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers. The symptoms of athlete’s foot are itchy, burning feet with scaling and redness between the toes. It can become painful, and blisters may develop. Athlete’s foot can be treated with topical cremes and by keeping your feet dry.
Ingrown toenails, known as onychocryptosis, most commonly occur on the big toe. It’s caused by pressure that drives the edge of the nail into the surrounding skin. Men tend to be less likely to take good care of their foot health, and this can contribute to the onset of ingrown toenails. They can also arise out of poor athletic footwear, which is common in sports where athletes wear a tight shoe. Ingrown toenails can also result from improper nail trimming or injuries. The condition can cause pain, redness, inflammation, swelling, and sometimes, infection. Warm foot soaks with Epsom salts, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medications can help with this condition.
Contact a specialist immediately if you find an issue or are experiencing any pain or discomfort. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, and their staff will help diagnose and treat your foot or ankle. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.