Men’s Health Month is celebrated in June and at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists we wanted to take this time to address issues of particular concern to our male patients. Although many foot and ankle problems strike both men and women, how the sexes handle these disorders is vastly different. Studies show that women are 100% more likely than men to stay current with medical checkups and preventive health care. We want to encourage our men not to put off getting foot pain and discomfort evaluated. If you notice new symptoms or unusual changes in your feet, contact our Aberdeen office promptly by calling: 732-566-2841. Our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin and Dr. Jessica A. Addeo, will get the bottom of your complaint quickly and prescribe the necessary treatment to prevent a small problem from growing into a large one.
Below are some common men’s foot health issues and what to do about them.
Gout—patients most often afflicted with gout are men ages 40 to 60. This arthritic disorder occurs when an excess amount of uric acid builds up in the joints and crystallizes, causing intense pain, swelling and tenderness. It commonly develops in the big toe. In many cases, gout can be prevented by modifying your diet. Certain foods high in the purines are known to trigger gout. Ones to avoid if you are prone to gout include, red meat, shellfish, organ meats, brandy, red wine and beer.
Plantar fasciitis—if you’ve started to experience heel pain, it may have to do with your arch. Falling arches put extra pressure on the plantar fascia (a long band of tissue that spans the bottom of your foot). This in turn causes heel pain. Maintaining an appropriate weight and making sure your shoes have good arch support are two ways to limit your risk for this disorder.
Achilles tendonitis—being fit is a great goal. Deciding to become fit in a couple of weeks with an intensive workout program is not so great. In fact, going from zero to sixty in your fitness activity is likely to result in aggravation to your Achilles tendon—that long tendon that extends down the back of your lower leg connecting your calf muscle to your heel. Choose a sound program that starts out slowly and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workout.