Gender makes no difference when it comes to foot pain. While there’s a lot of press surrounding the issue of high heels and what they do to women’s feet, the truth is that men are equally vulnerable to having painful problems with their feet. Men tend to ignore foot and ankle problems more than women until it starts slowing them down. The feet are the parts of the body under the most pressure each day and they need to be looked after, particularly if you stand up all day, work in heavy industry or play sport regularly. As we age our feet are also more sensitive so ensuring they are healthy is important. It’s important for men to know that pain is not normal, and most foot and ankle conditions are easier to treat when diagnosed early.
SPORTS AND INJURY COMMONLY EXPERIENCED BY MEN
Participating in sports activities is one way men can get a sprained ankle. But even day-to-day activities such as walking on an uneven surface can contribute to ankle pain.
Suffering a painful stiffening of the big toe joint? Did you know that Hallux rigidus is a sign of poor big toe and foot function and can lead to osteoarthritis?
HEEL PAIN/HEEL SPUR (PLANTAR FASCIITIS)
Inflammation of the fascia (a band of fibrous connective tissue) on the bottom of the foot, usually caused by excessive pronation (rolling in of the foot and ankle) and poor fitting shoes.
ACHILLES TENDON PAIN
Achilles tendonosis is a condition that causes activity related pain to the back of the heel. It is more common in men who run, play squash or basketball and the incidence of the injury increases with age.
Of all of our joints, the knee is most often affected by osteoarthritis. It causes chronic pain in the knee, particularly during movement.
Overuse and overexertion injuries often lead to this condition. It can be caused by a combination of patellar tendon strain, torn cartilage, and a kneecap that’s out of proper alignment.
Trauma to the knee or overexertion can tear the menisci. A torn meniscus will feel sharp pain in the affected knee, and the knee may begin to lock up over time.
A STRAIN OR SPRAIN OF THE KNEE LIGAMENTS OR MUSCLES
This is usually caused by a blow to the knee or a severe twist of the knee.
Overuse during activities like running, jumping, cycling, or team sports can cause tendonitis, or inflammation of the tendons, the connective tissue that links muscle to bone.
LOWER BACK PAIN
Lower back pain is pain that originates in the lumbar or sacral regions of the spine. Low back pain may reflect nerve or muscle irritation or bone lesions.