Men’s Health Month: 5 Healthy Feet Tips For Men

June is National Men’s Health month. And while men aren’t typically too concerned with the feel, smell or look of their feet, when summer rolls around, that often changes.  Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing five easy ways that men can make their feet feel and look better.

  1. Change your socks each day. Feet tend to sweat during the day, so it’s important to change your socks at least once or twice a day to prevent excessive moisture.
  2. Wash your feet using soap and water. Wash your feet daily using soap and water to prevent or control athlete’s foot. This is a common condition for men who typically wear shoes that don’t breathe well.
  3. Dry your feet thoroughly. When finished washing your feet, always remember to dry the areas between the toes. If you apply lotion, don’t put it between the toes because it can cause tissue breakdown and ulceration.
  4. Cut toenails properly. Sterilize your toenail clipper with rubbing alcohol and make a few small cuts. Don’t attempt to cut the whole nail at once and don’t dig at the corners.  Just cut straight across, leaving the nails a bit long. Cutting them too short can leave the nail plate vulnerable to additional weakening, infection or lead to an ingrown toenail. It’s important to cut nails when they are dry because wet nails can bend or tear when they are too soft.
  5. Don’t be tempted to perform ‘bathroom surgery.’ Men typically take a more hands-on approach to manage a nonthreatening foot issue. Therefore, they are more likely to engage in ‘bathroom surgery.’ But instead of attempting to remove areas of your flesh, treat calluses using a pumice stone or put padding in your shoe.

In some cases, toenail fungus can be treated by removing part of the nail or by applying an over-the-counter anti-fungal medication exclusively for nails. If you have blisters, leave them alone. If one should tear, clean the area with soap and water, keep the skin flap in place, and apply an antibiotic ointment and a clean bandage.

If you want your feet to be the happy and healthy this summer – and show them off proudly – contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Don’t Ignore Toenail Fungus – It’s Contagious!

The condition known as toenail fungus is considered to be contagious. The fungus that causes this infection typically thrives in moist, warm environments. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding this common – but potentially dangerous – condition.

The places where the fungal bacteria thrive include locker rooms, shower room floors, and adjacent areas. With proper footwear, the probability of contracting toenail fungus may be decreased.

This infection can also develop if a patient’s toenails are wet for extended periods of time, sometimes due to wearing sweaty shoes for successive days. Signs of toenail fungus may include the nail thickening, and the color changing to a green, brown, or yellow.

Studies have revealed that when early treatment is initiated, damage to the nail may be reduced. If you think you might have a case of toenail fungus, it’s important that you consult with a podiatrist who can advise you regarding proper treatment options. When left untreated, toenail fungus can spread to skin, fingernails, or other toenails.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus:

  • Oddly-shaped or warped nails;
  • Yellowish color on nails;
  • Separated/loose nail;
  • Buildup nail fragments lodged under the nail;
  • Broken, brittle or thickened nail.

Treatment for Toenail Fungus

If self-care tactics and over-the-counter medications do not improve your fungus, your podiatrist may opt for prescription medication. Even if you find relief from your symptoms, you can still have a repeat infection down the road.

Prevention of Toenail Fungus

In order to avoid getting toenail fungus in the future, always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water then dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.

When cutting your toenails, trim them straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is important that you don’t attempt to cover up discolored nails with polish because it will prevent your nail from being able to breathe.

In some instances, a surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. You’ll need to consult with your podiatrist regarding the best treatment options for your situation.

Because it is considered to be contagious, if you suspect you have toenail fungus, seek treatment immediately. Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule an appointment online so we can discuss your treatment options.

Nervous About Your Neuromas?

If you’re experiencing foot pain, you may be wondering what could be causing it. Many conditions affect the feet, and one such condition is known as a neuroma. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information to relieve your anxiety.

A neuroma is a disorder of the nerves that can result in a great deal of pain. Sometimes referred to as a pinched nerve, it is actually a nerve growth or tumor many of which are benign (noncancerous).

What Are the Symptoms of a Neuroma?

The most common symptom of a neuroma is foot pain that is usually felt at the location of the neuroma, which is most often between the toes. These tumors can also cause tingling in the ball of the foot, a burning feeling, or even numbness in the foot.

Walking is often particularly painful for people who are suffering from a neuroma. At the first onset of pain, the person often assumes that they have a pebble in their shoe, as the growth can cause inflammation in the foot.

What Causes a Neuroma?

There is no one identified cause of a neuroma; however, there are some possible ones to consider. For instance, trauma to the nerve in the foot can cause inflammation and irregularities in the anatomy of the foot – such as flat feet or extra bones – can also cause a neuroma. They can also be the result of stress injuries from high-impact activities, many hours on your feet at work, or wearing poorly-fitting footwear.

Can a Neuroma Be Treated at Home?

If you suspect that you are suffering from a neuroma, you can try certain therapies at home to lessen your discomfort. Ice massages may reduce pain and swelling in the foot. Rub or massage ice on the ball of the foot and in between the toes for immediate relief.

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines can also diminish your discomfort. Orthotics can redistribute the pressure on your foot when you are walking or standing to put less pressure on the neuroma and reduce irritation and pain.

What Medical Treatments Are Available?

In addition to home remedies, a number of medical treatments can also help relieve the discomfort from a neuroma. For example, corticosteroid shots are used to decrease inflammation in the affected area and reduce pain.

There are two surgical procedures that can also provide relief from a neuroma. With the decompression technique, your podiatrist will take out the ligament that is applying pressure to the affected nerve. Another option is to remove the nerve entirely, but doctors typically leave this as a last resort because it can result in numbness that is permanent.

Now that you know these facts about neuromas, it’s time you receive the care you need to finally eliminate your foot pain. Call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation so we can work together to relieve your pain and your anxiety!