Should men get pedicures?

The feet are frequently the most ignored part of a male human. But the feet are a vital part of a man.  Over 20 bones, over 30 joints, and more than 100 ligaments make up a human foot. All these parts we drag along everywhere we go.  

Every man ought to be getting regular pedicures. Your whole health depends on maintaining your feet regularly. If neglected, several ailments can develop in the foot. Your life may be seriously hampered if you lose the ability to walk pain-free. These illnesses range from being painful to being fatal. For instance, a fungus infection can make your toenails discolored or even fall off. Bacterial infections and uncomfortable open lesions can result from ingrown toenails. Itching, blisters, and agony can be brought on by an athlete’s foot. Even lethal skin malignancies like melanoma and basal cell carcinoma, which can be fatal if neglected, can manifest in certain people.

Regular foot care can keep your feet looking fresh and healthy while preventing and controlling foot-related health conditions. Man, here are some things you can do:

Examine your feet regularly

feet with towel

A quick glance in the shower will do. You’re looking for anything unusual or strange, such as changes in the color of your toenails, redness, lumps, or blisters. Additionally, always look between your toes. Since fungi and germs flourish in moist settings, it is important to dry between the toes and avoid leaving creams or lotions there either. Before attempting to handle anything unexpected on your own, call your doctor.

Always walk with care

Always be mindful of your surroundings when wearing no shoes, especially on the carpet. Small things that you could step on and harm your foot can be hidden in carpets. Additionally, carpets harbor bacteria that can infect cuts or open sores.

Get pedicures regularly

As long as it’s done securely, you can have a pedicure as frequently as you’d like depending on how quickly your toenails grow. More power to you if you want to go more frequently; the average individual should get one at least once per month. If you want to be sure the location you’re going to is reputable, make sure they never try to cut off or remove an ingrown toenail, that they always use tools from a new, unopened package for each procedure, and that you can plainly see the license of the person doing your treatment.

Cut ‘em straight

Never cut your toenails too deeply into the corners since doing so could result in an infection from an ingrown toenail. Never cut them too short; always cut them straight across. Your toenails should extend all the way to the skin’s edge.

Remove calluses

Calluses that are hard and dry don’t look good. They consist of dead skin on top of dead skin and are typically brought on by discomfort from a shoe, a bony protrusion, or some other sort of pressure. You should regularly remove them because if you don’t, they can cause pain. If you don’t utilize over-the-counter callus removal patches (which include acid that eats dead skin) as instructed, they may cause more harm than good. Otherwise, use a pumice stone on a regular basis. This helps exfoliate feet and eliminate dead skin buildup.

DIY Pedi

You can instead do the pampering to your feet yourself. Here’s how:

  • Spend at least 10 minutes soaking your feet in warm water containing Epsom salts. Dead skin and dry spots will become softer and more hydrated as a result, making removal easier.
  • Use a foot scrub to exfoliate your feet, and then use a pumice stone to gently remove any calluses. After that, put them back in the water for a while.
  • Use a toenail clipper with a straight edge to cut your toenails straight across.
  • To remove any sharp edges, use an emery board to file the freshly trimmed nails.
  • Apply foot cream and thoroughly rub it in, paying careful attention to the space in between your toes.
  • Before you start moving around, put on some slippers to shield your freshly cleaned feet from dirt.

Foot Issues

foot in a sea view

Men’ also experience conditions frequent and typical to their feet.  Majority of these ailments are brought on by the routine, daily tasks we must complete or the extracurricular activities we elect to engage in.

Cracked heels – Heels that have cracks in them can be painful and uncomfortable. But with routine men’s pedicures, this problem is easily manageable and treatable. Typically, gentlemen who walk with a heavy heel strike or who must stand for an extended period of time get cracked heels. Additionally, this ailment is more common in warmer climates where people like to wear sandals and flip-flops as footwear.

Rough skin – Untreated rough skin can develop into deeper callused skin that splits and provides the ideal entry point for germs to enter the body and cause fungal diseases.

Sweaty feet – Men are more likely than women to suffer from the illness known as hyperhidrosis, or excessive perspiration. Each man is different, and some men perspire more than others. The sweat from our feet is a major contributor to the development of bacteria with a high rate of reproduction. Sweating feet provide the ideal setting for diseases like fungal infections, athlete’s foot, and toenail fungus. Both discomfort and shame may result from these conditions.

Callused skin – The body actually creates callused skin as a preventive defense mechanism. Calluses are frequently observed on the sides or soles of the feet and are brought on by daily annoyance from repetitive motions or poorly fitting footwear. Calluses can cause discomfort and be highly painful. They also make people feel embarrassed.

Cold feet – Consistently frosty feet may indicate a serious underlying medical problem. Men with cold or cramping feet may have peripheral vascular disease (PVD) or peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a disorder of the blood vessels that provide blood to the legs and feet, even if the weather undoubtedly might have a role.

curl toes in a gray towel

Dry skin – A prevalent skin problem, dry skin is typically found on the soles and heels of the feet. But if left untreated, dry skin can lead to much more serious problems including bacterial or fungal infections. Bacteria can enter the body through the cracks in dry skin.

Fungal-infected toenails – Fungal infections frequently cause toenails to become discolored, appear yellow, or lift. On their feet, men frequently sustain scratches or scrapes, which creates the ideal environment for fungus to infiltrate the body.  Remember that the combination of sweaty socks and shoes and perspiration on the feet makes the ideal conditions for this to happen.

Foot odor – The feet can sweat up to a half pint of moisture every day, which is then expelled through urine. Even though sweat causes foot odor, the germs that are created are what really add to the bad scent. Bacteria flourish in wet surroundings, such as sweaty socks and shoes and sweaty feet, and they reproduce quickly in these circumstances, adding to the problem.

Shoe odor – The sweat that is produced by our feet is frequently directly related to shoe odor. As was already indicated, our feet can sweat up to half a pint per day.  Once more, the sweat from our feet creates the ideal conditions for the growth of bacteria. Bacteria can literally multiply every 20 minutes and thrive in dark, moist environments. The germs that are created grow, have the capacity to enter our shoes, and emit a bad odor.

Peeling skin – Peeling skin is frequently present between the toes and is itchy. The most prevalent diagnosis for this ailment is athlete’s foot, a fungal infection.

Benefits of Men’s Pedi

bare feet in sea sand

  • Regular pedicures for men offer many advantages. Regular evaluation of the “health of the feet” can help identify conditions like fungal infections, bunions, and circulatory problems like PVD early on. Health experts can more easily cure illnesses if they are discovered early. To ensure that the health of the foot is not neglected, it is best to frequently get men’s pedicures.
  • Regular, precise toenail trimming stops the toenails from curling inward or overlapping the toe, which can lead to sores that rub against other toes and become infected. The removal of filth and bad-smelling bacteria from under the nails and around the foot is another benefit of foot grooming.
  • A clean environment for the foot is created by removing the dirt and bacteria. The treatment of calluses and dead skin is another crucial step in the foot grooming procedure. Dead skin lacks moisture, which can lead to the aforementioned fissures and pain.  Additionally, the buildup of dead skin cells can result in corns and bunions, which can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. Foot exfoliation on a regular basis promotes the creation of new skin cells.
  • Because they don’t feel the need to cover their feet, men who get regular pedicures frequently have higher self-esteem. Many guys experience embarrassment because of their calloused, dry, peeling skin and heels. 
  • Finally, a men’s pedicure provides a chance to unwind and get away from the stress of everyday life.