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Men’s feet rank among the body’s most neglected and literally stepped on body parts. From walking all day to taking a pounding when you play basketball, or getting squished when you wear tight shoes. Men’s feet are often forgotten.
For example, calluses are really permanent blisters and are a result of persistent rubbing against the skin. This occurs most commonly at the heels, balls of the feet and sides of the toes. If a callous grows too much, especially on the toes, the body will begin to treat it as a foreign body, and it will become red and painful. It can turn into a corn.
Men who wear tight shoes or have bone disorders like hammertoes, bony protrusions or other disorders of the foot are at risk. Callus and corn pads and solvents only treat the symptoms of these aliments. The best prevention is to wear proper footwear and use foot emollients.
Fungus is another foe of the foot. It can attack two parts of your foot: the skin or the nails. A skin infection is called athlete’s foot; it’s an itchy, scaling condition. The toenail fungus, however, creeps underneath the nails and causes ugly discoloration and crumbling. Both varieties are caused by exposure to warm, moist environments, like sweaty shoes and locker room floors.
Men, who sweat heavily, walk barefoot on damp public floors, and brothers who smoke are most at risk.
Athlete’s foot is easily treated by over-the-counter medications; toenail fungus is hard to cure. Once your doctor identifies the fungus, he/she can prescribe a number of antifungal oral medications that must be taken religiously. It can take up to 12 weeks to eliminate the infection. If it’s very serious, your doctor might simply remove the nail altogether.
To prevent foot fungus, keep your feet dry, your nails short, and don’t walk barefoot in the gym, locker room or pool deck. And wash your hands after touching an infected area.