Feet are the Rodney Dangerfield of body parts; “they don’t get no respect.”
That’s especially true for men’s feet. Men often resist going to the doctor when they’re sick or in pain. But most foot conditions are treatable, and easier to treat, when diagnosed early.
Phillip Hasler, a foot and ankle surgeon with Neuhaus Foot & Ankle, a podiatry practice with offices in Smyrna, Brentwood, Lebanon and Hermitage, wants men to know about five foot problems they should never ignore:
Heel pain is often caused by tissue inflammation, but can also result from a broken bone, a tight Achilles tendon, a pinched nerve, or other problem. A qualified physician will know how to diagnose and treat the true cause of heel pain.
Ankle sprains always, always, always require a prompt visit to the doctor. Men who skip out on medical care are more likely to suffer repeated ankle sprains and then develop chronic ankle instability.
Big toe stiffness and pain develops slowly over time, as cartilage in the big toe joint wears down. This eventually leads to arthritis. The sooner a man has this diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.
Achilles tendonitis usually develops from a sudden increase in physical activity, such as when men play weekend sports. Chances of an Achilles tendon rupture can be reduced by treatment of the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, which is pain and tenderness on the back of the foot or heel.
Ingrown toenails can pierce the skin, open the door for bacteria to enter the body, and convince some men to perform dangerous “bathroom surgery.” Few men know that a doctor can perform a quick procedure that will end the pain and permanently cure an ingrown toenail.
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons has a list of five additional foot problems men should never ignore at foothealthfacts.org.
For more information on foot health and foot and ankle problems, visit the Neuhaus Foot & Ankle website at neufoot.com or call one of the Neuhaus Foot & Ankle offices. Hasler practices in the Lebanon and Hermitage locations.