My Rant About Men and Their Feet

Disclaimer:  This is not a sexist rant.  I like men.  I married one.  I have sons.  Their feet are pretty good – they have no choice.  Some of my favourite people are men.  But…..

I’m a foot care nurse.  I look after alot of feet.  I really like my job.  I’m not picking on the guys.   We women have our own issues (read my high heels blog).  But men, really?  We need to talk.

  • You know those favourite shoes of yours – the ones you’ve had for 10 years or more?  Throw.  Them.  Out.  Now.  Get over it.  Before you buy new shoes, read my page on Socks and Shoes.
  • Stop tying knots all over those shoelaces that keep breaking.  Get new ones.
  • “These shoes were a great deal” is not a reason to keep wearing shoes that are way too big for you.  Again, read my page on Socks and Shoes.
  • Those cutters that electricians use to cut electrical wire?  They’re for electrical wire, not toenails.  (I’m not making this up)
  •  Same goes for the sander in your tool box.  Why are you using it for your dry heels and calluses??
  • Ingrown nails need to be dealt with before they become inflamed and infected.
  • Regarding those over-the-counter wart and callus removers – more is not better.  That’s why you’ve given yourself an acid burn and peeled off 3 layers of skin.
  • When drying yourself after a shower or bath, the towel needs to go lower than your knees.  Bacteria and fungus (athlete’s foot) breed in warm moist places like between your toes.
  • Moisturizer is not just for women.  Use it so your heels don’t look like baked, cracked clay.  If you don’t want to smell like a spring meadow, there are unscented ones.
  • Didn’t your mother ever tell you that socks need to be changed every day?  Gentlemen, this is not how to take a girl’s breath away.
  • It’s OK to have the foot care nurse look after your feet.  Don’t wait ’til your wife and/or daughter yells at you.  If you don’t have a wife/daughter, don’t wait ’til your feet are yelling at you.

I’m not saying that all men are hard on their feet, but this is some of what I see in my practice.  Regardless of gender, we all need to be kind to our feet.

To that end, stay tuned for McDermott Footcare Productions Definitely-Not-Ready-For-Primetime vlog on caring for winter weary feet.

Copyright Terry McDermott. May not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission of author

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