With Feet You Shouldn't Ignore
Many men don't bother to see a doctor when they
have foot troubles, but there are five foot problems they
should never ignore, says the American College of Foot
pain. This is often caused by tissue inflammation
but can also result from a broken bone, a tight Achilles
tendon, a pinched nerve, or other problem.
sprains. They always require prompt medical attention.
Skipping medical care increases the likelihood of repeated
ankle sprains and the development of chronic ankle instability.
- Big toe stiffness and pain. This usually develops
over time, as cartilage in the big toe joint wears down
and eventually leads to arthritis. The sooner it's
diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.
- Achilles tendonitis. This causes pain and tenderness
at the back of the foot or heel. This is usually the
result of a sudden increase in physical activity. The
risk of an Achilles
tendon rupture can be reduced by treating the
symptoms of Achilles tendonitis.
- Ingrown toenails. These can pierce the skin, allowing
bacteria to enter the body. Men shouldn't try to
perform dangerous "bathroom surgery" in such
cases. A doctor can perform a quick procedure that will
stop the pain and permanently cure an ingrown toenail.