Overcoming The Agony of Da-Feet

FOOT ISSUES 300x217 Overcoming The Agony of Da Feet

For most men, the importance of proper foot care probably ranks right up there with DVR-ing Oprah’s final show. Needless to say, it’s not a priority. However, the elusive male “foot focus” does get ramped up significantly during the upcoming warmer months, when going shoeless or flip-flopping becomes more regular. So, besides begging you as a grown man to never to wear Crocs, here are some other suggestions and answers for taking care of those dogs.

Q:  Why should a guy even bother taking care of his feet?
A: Here’s a quick list of reasons men should take better care of their dogs. Summer flip-flops, comfort, odor, significant others and health.

Q: What’s the best way to keep feet in proper order?
A: A regular routine of professional or at-home foot treatments is a necessity to get a “step ahead.” In absence of these, it’s important at a minimum for nails to be clipped and feet to be regularly moisturized.

Q: What causes stinky feet and how can such stench be combated?
A: Feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body. Add that to the closed-in environment feet operate in and you’ve got a fragrant situation.  Such odor can be combated in a number of ways, including:

Thoroughly washing feet during each shower, including using a scrub between toes and on heels.

Using a foot powder or spray prior to placing on shoes to soak up and prevent odor.

Extreme cases may require mixing and soaking in a special foot bath containing warm water and black tea. Doing so for 30 minutes should help kill bacteria and dry out pesky sweat glands.

Q:  What should one do if he has odd-colored toe nails?
A: Unless you painted them yourself, get to a doctor ASAP.  Most times such discoloration is a result of a fungal infection that is best diagnosed and treated by a pro.

Q:  What can one do about abnormally hairy feet?
A: Excess or unwanted foot hair can be eliminated with a beard-like trimmer or by using a quality at-home waxing kit. Shaving those puppies is not recommended.

Q: Is there a solution for tons of dead skin on the bottom of feet?
A: Two words for you… PUMICE STONE. Grab one and go to town, shredding dead and dull skin with each furious pass.

Q: Should men use lotion on their feet?
A: Only if they want them to be soft and comfortable.  Otherwise… no.

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2 Comments

  1. Liam
    Posted May 21, 2011 at 5:29 PM | Permalink

    I’ve always found that a pumice stone on the bottom of my feet makes them feel much better and look less nasty. Gets off all the dead skin quick.

  2. Derek
    Posted May 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM | Permalink

    Good stuff GL. Liking the new site too. When is it officialy live?

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