How To Maintain And Clean Your Feet: A Guide For Men
At some point this year – likely June or July, according to most state lawmakers – the restrictions on coronaviruses will ease and we will all reemerge, like the bears from their sleep, into a polite society. To help you readjust, we share some tips on grooming, fitness, dressing in something other than sweatpants (but also sweatpants), dealing with stress and mental health, dating, concerts and bar etiquette, and Moreover.
Over the past week we have covered almost every aspect of how you as a human can help reintegrate yourself into the society where you will, unfortunately, be judged for how well you have weathered the pandemic. and all those past months locked inside. We started at the top, offering expert mental health advice on how to deal with the anxiety and embarrassment you might experience in a post-pandemic life. Then we made our way to your beach or your daddy, focused on your honey-glazed Christmas thighs for a minute, and now we have landed at your probably neglected and unsightly feet.
The great re-emergence, as we know, aligned almost poetically with summer, the season of sandy beaches, pool decks, and open-toed shoes. If they haven’t already, your poor, forgotten soles will likely be on display soon, whether you’re hitting the beach or a hotel pool, or even just walking the dog in a pair of flip-flops. And we don’t encourage you to cover them. We know that debates over whether men should wear Birkenstocks or other bare-toe shoes arise every summer, but we’re not here to shame anyone’s bare feet (we’re in. does very pro-sandals.) However, these foot-loathing men often make a hard argument to dispute: No one wants to see a man’s coarse (maybe fungal?) toes. And it’s no secret that as a species, males don’t pay as much attention to their feet as females.
“Most of the men who come to my practice waited until they had little choice,” Dr. Suzanne Levine, podiatric foot surgeon and cosmetic podiatrist at New York’s Millennium Podiatry, tells InsideHook.
âPain from a stress fracture. Ingrown toenails with inflammation or even pus. Fungal nails, thick, yellow, starting to stink. Men are stoics to the point of endangering their health. Women come in with the slightest hint ofâ¦ something they’ve read or heard from a friend. “
So, before you rip those socks off and expose us all to your nasty pandemic feet, please clean them up. If not for superficial reasons, then for your own health because …
In addition to looking unsightly, health problems can arise if you are not careful with your feet
âWhile the clichÃ©s are frowned upon, they certainly apply here. Better safe than sorry, âsays Levine.
For example, you might think that you can get over the pain of an ingrown toenail, but it’s best to treat it early before it gets infected. Untreated stress fracture or shin splints can progress to direct fractures and more prolonged treatments, while fungal nails can spread to other nails and other family members, Levine explains.
How to take care of your feet at home
According to Levine, here are some steps you can take at home to make sure your feet stay clean and free from infection:
- After showering, dry thoroughly – including between your toes.
- To avoid ingrown toenails, cut your fingernails straight and not too short.
- As stated above, see your podiatrist as soon as possible if a problem develops, such as athlete’s foot or if you experience foot pain.
- Change your socks daily and rotate your shoes. Try not to use the same pair every day – they must dry out from the sweat.
Grow up and head to your local nail salon
Getting a professional pedicure is an easy, relaxing way to spruce up those barking dogs – and give credit where it deserves it, more and more men are keeping their feet well-groomed, according to Levine. Tons of men get pedicures, but there are still some negative and outdated connotations associated with men indulging in self-care and pampering. As a man, you might be embarrassed to go to the nail salon. We’re obviously here to say that you shouldn’t be, especially if you have a partner or are actively looking for someone who will end up seeing and rubbing against your feet.
âIf you’re doing a pedicure and your ‘manlier’ friend who thinks he’s over the pedicure sees you, invite him to join you. Tell them that women don’t like being harassed in bed by nails that are too long and badly cut, âsays Levine
You can also consult the services offered by your podiatrist’s office. âAt Millennium Podiatry, we have developed a treatment that we call a Foot-Facial. And yes, men love this treatment, ânotes Levine. âAfter examining your feet for any problems, we cut and file your toenails, use mild organic acids to exfoliate dry, dead skin, hydrate and massage your feet.â
âWe also provide custom-made orthotics. These help prevent foot and ankle problems, such as plantar fasciitis, and help reduce pain from certain pre-existing foot problems, âshe adds.
Pay attention to your flip flops
We know you’re ready to feel the sun on your toes (and so are we), but open-toed shoes and barefoot running aren’t always the safest options for your feet, which is why Levine recommends limiting barefoot walking and minimalist shoes. – oh and watch out for flip flops as they increase your chances of tripping and breaking your ass.
Ultimately, do yourself (and all of us) a favor and take care of your feet. âTake good care of them. They wear out a lot, âadds Levine. And once you’ve done that, treat your new feet to a festive and salacious post-pandemic open-toe shoe.
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