3 Ways to Help Your Man Have Healthy Feet
Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month? At FL Foot Health we are committed to educating all patients about how to have better podiatric health. One characteristic regarding men and healthcare that studies have found is that they are less likely to make and keep medical appointments. Putting off seeking treatment for foot and ankle problems can lead to seriously debilitating issues that could limit your mobility and necessitate surgical correction. We’d like to encourage our patients to help the men they love have healthier feet. Below are some suggestions.
1. Treat Your Man to New Shoes
One of the single, most impactful ways to improve the health of your feet is by wearing properly fitting, good quality shoes. Give a man you love a gift certificate to a reputable shoe store and take him on a shopping spree. Have him get his foot professionally measured as shoe size can change as you age. Look for shoes made of soft materials with roomy toe boxes. If your man has Haglund’s deformity (a bony enlargement at the back of the heel), flat feet or plantar fasciitis, be sure to consult with the podiatrist about the best styles to reduce irritation. If you don’t have a podiatrist currently, search our online directory to find one in your area.
2. Have a Home Spa Day
Good foot care can be relaxing! Have your man wash his feet with warm, soapy water and encourage him to check them over for any unusual symptoms such as rashes, growths, swelling, bruises or changes in skin or nails. Next, massage a rich moisturizer into the entire foot. Not only does this feel amazing, but it also helps improve circulation. Finally, check that toenails are trimmed straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown nails from developing.
3. Commit to a Healthier Lifestyle Together
Set goals together to modify your diet. Aim for less sugar, fats and alcohol and increase the amounts of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. Find a fitness activity that you can enjoy together and schedule regular times throughout the week to do it. A healthy lifestyle can help avoid systemic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and other illnesses that can also negatively affect the health of your feet.