Making Changes During Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month, and we’re zeroing in on common foot problems that affect the men and boys in our lives. We want to help them prioritize their foot health and learn how to act fast at the first indication of trouble. Today we’re going to talk about three common foot problems.

Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center hopes to help increase awareness about podiatric problems and how to treat them efficiently. We hope you will use this post to guide you in conversation. If someone has never been to a podiatrist, it may take a while to understand the value of a foot and ankle specialist.

Take note of these three common foot problems for the men and boys in your life:

Fungal toenails

Not everyone is a fan of an at-home pedicure, but it doesn’t take away from the value of basic foot hygiene. Men and boys can often forget about toenail care. Their toenails can discolor, become brittle, or even be ingrown. Each of these issues is a warning sign of a problem.

  • Don’t walk barefoot in the gym or near the pool
  • Don’t ignore changes to your feet
  • Don’t share shoes with teammates or family members

Ingrown toenails

To the boys and men who are reading this post, do you rip, pull, or tear your toenails? We hope you are being more careful and using a pair of clean clippers instead.

  • Trim straight across during regular foot care sessions
  • Wear shoes with a roomy toe box
  • If the ingrown toenail cuts into the skin to create an open wound, visit a podiatrist

Foot pain

Are you ignoring the foot pain that has caused you to stop while walking, playing, or running? We’re here to remind you that foot pain is not normal. It’s OK to contact a doctor to seek treatment.

  • Explore options for custom orthotics
  • Take a closer look at your shoes
  • Learn about your family history and inherited foot structure

It should be all about men’s health year-round, but we hope this month is a start. We’re here to help.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

How to Find the Right Podiatrist

In the New Year, you’re bound to be busier than ever. Between all of your appointments, New Year’s resolutions to get to the gym, bouncing between meetings at work, your feet and ankles are going to be in for it! This is a great reason to get a head start on finding a podiatrist that’s right for you. Considering there are 26 bones in our feet, there’s a lot to take care of when it comes to the parts of our bodies that carry us around all day. Nearly 8 out of 10 people in the United States alone experience foot pain, yet only one-third of those people will see a podiatrist. At Carrollton Foot Center, PLLC, keeping your feet ahead of the statistics is easy.

How do you know if a podiatrist is the best option for you?

  • Step trackers – Did you get a step or fitness tracker this year? Have you been regularly using it? Studies show that those who actively try to get in more steps each day are more likely to benefit from seeing a podiatrist annually. Higher levels of activity can quickly lead to foot or ankle issues if problems go untreated for too long.
  • Self-care is unsuccessful – Like most people, you might opt for do-it-yourself strategies to remedy foot and ankle pain before seeking a foot doctor. When buying over-the-counter insoles doesn’t help your heel pain or nightly foot soaks won’t relieve a stubborn infected toenail, it’s time to see a podiatrist.
  • See into the future – Many people who have relatives that suffer from foot or ankle pain or discomfort, especially their mother or father, should be concerned about the hereditary nature of their foot and ankle issues. If your dad has bunions, and your aunt on your mother’s side has bunions as well, your chances of developing bunions are high! Prevention is key and possible only by seeing a podiatrist.

With advanced treatments available at Carrollton Foot Center, PLLC, like shockwave therapy and Keryflex technology, we’re bound to be the right fit for your feet. Call us today at (469) 998-3668 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lilly Khavari in Carrollton, Texas.

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