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.

When It’s Time to See a Podiatrist for an Ingrown Toenail

If your big toe swells or feels sore, you may have an ingrown toenail. With this condition, skin grows over the edge of the nail, causing pain, infection, and swelling. Read on for more information from Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists regarding this common condition and how it can be treated – or better yet – prevented.

Preventing Ingrown Toenails

Prevention begins with wearing shoes that fit properly. To ensure a correct fit, the toe of the shoe should provide adequate room so that your toes aren’t overcrowded, which is a common cause of ingrown toenails. When you stand up there should be at least a half inch of space between the tip of the shoe and your longest toe.

We also recommend that patients cut their toenails straight across with clean toenail clippers. Keep feet dry and clean and guard against injury by wearing shoes when necessary.

Seeking Medical Help For An Ingrown Toenail

Left untreated, ingrown toenails can become infected and worsen, leading to significant swelling and pain. It can also lead to serious complications, including gangrene and/or a bone infection.

Your ingrown toenail needs professional help from a podiatrist when:

  • It doesn’t show signs of improvement after two to three days of at-home treatments;
  • The pain becomes substantially worse;
  • Redness extends away from the toe;
  • Pus begins to form;
  • You have neuropathy in your feet from a different condition.

Treatment From Your Podiatrist for Ingrown Toenails

The treatment method your podiatrist chooses is dependent on the severity of the condition, how often they occur, and the reason they develop.

For mild cases, the nail is lifted by placing a wedge of cotton beneath it. This raises the nail above the skin, thereby eliminating the ingrown nail and permitting the skin to heal. Part of the toenail may also have to be removed.

In repeated cases, the side of the nail may need to be removed, including its root. A special medication is applied that destroys the nail root, preventing regrowth and averting future ingrown toenails.

While ingrown toenails may just seem like an annoyance, when left untreated, they can lead to serious medical issues. Don’t let that happen – contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule an appointment online so we can discuss your treatment options.

How To Clip Your Nails Properly To Avoid Ingrown Nails

An ingrown toenail may not seem like a big deal, but they can be quite painful! And when inflamed, they can make it exceptionally difficult to walk and usually a surgical procedure to remove the nail to avoid further damage. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some important tips to help avoid ingrown toenails.

What Causes Ingrown Toenails?

In many cases, an ingrown toenail is caused by the way the toenails are cut. If they’re trimmed too short or the edges are cut too far back, the skin can grow over the nail and dig into the skin. But while this is a common cause, it’s not the only reason why people develop ingrown toenails.

If you frequently wear tight socks, stockings, tights, or shoes, you’re putting more pressure on the skin surrounding the toenail and probably pushing it against the sharp edges of your nails.

Many people develop an ingrown nail following an injury to the toe. For instance, if you unintentionally drop something on your toe, stub it, or join in activities where the toes are subject to continuous pressure, the nail will probably be impacted.

Dampness in the feet can also soften the skin around the nails so the skin can grow over them. If you spend a substantial amount of time in the water or experience sweaty feet, it provides for the perfect environment for a nail to grow into the skin.

How Can Ingrown Toenails Be Treated?

It’s important to try to avoid infection whenever possible, but sometimes, the nail has to be removed in order to relieve the irritation. This can be accomplished in two different ways.

Doctors will either remove part of the nail or the whole nail. Podiatrists typically prescribe antibiotics to help clear an infection after the nail has been removed, but there are still things you can do to relieve the painful symptoms before seeking professional help.

Always try to cut toenails straight, and wear shoes that let your feet breathe.

If you regularly suffer from ingrown nails but are nervous about having the nail removed, it may be worth consulting with Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists.  Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.