Take Note of Your Feet During National Men’s Health Week

Playing basketball leaves men at risk of foot and ankle injuriesThis week has been marked as National Men’s Health Week, and while many will focus on prostate concerns or heart issues, I’d like to place some attention on men’s foot health.

Men’s feet and ankles often take a hard hit, since many typically male jobs and leisure activities are physically taxing. Unfortunately, many men tend to ignore foot and ankle problems until the pain is actually crippling. It’s important for all people, especially men who are prone to self-treating, to know that foot pain of any kind is not normal, and that most foot and ankle problems are easier to correct if seen by your Houston podiatrist at an earlier interval.

In the hopes of encouraging men to pay better attention to their foot health, I’ve decided to list some of the most common foot problems regularly experienced by men.

Ankle Sprain – Obviously, playing sports can put men at risk of sprained ankles, but just walking down the street can lead to this kind of injury as well. Here’s the kicker: if you’ve sprained your ankle once, and you didn’t treat it properly, you’re more likely to keep on spraining it, which can result in chronic ankle instability. In other words, guys, if you think you’ve sprained your ankle, go get it checked out, please.

Hallux Rigidus—This painful foot condition is caused by a stiffening of the big toe joint. Golfers, or anyone prone to lots of stooping and squatting, is at risk of developing this problem.

Achilles Tendinitis – this painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon can be caused by a sudden increase of a repetitive activity—men who play sports only on the weekend are thus at greater risk of developing this condition.

Broken Toes – When you lift heavy items, they sometimes drop on your toes, often resulting in a fracture. Contrary to popular belief, your doctor needs to treat a broken toe to ensure that it heals correctly.

Listen up, men. You probably (hopefully) wouldn’t ignore chest pain if it lasted for more than a few minutes, so give your feet the same care and attention. If you experience foot pain of any kind, make an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible to ensure your continued good health. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.