When it comes to your hair, you're a pomade pro. You're not so bad at beard trimming either. But for most guys, grooming stops where the clothing begins. Your feet? They don't even make your Top-10 list of personal hygiene concerns. "Most guys delay seeing a podiatrist for their foot problems," says Jeffrey DeSantis, DPM, a podiatrist at Cambridge Foot & Ankle Associates in Orange, CA. "When they finally come in, it's either because they are in serious pain or their wife forced them to get treatment." In fact, despite 77 percent of men suffering from some kind of foot ailment, only 36 percent ask for a doctor's help according to a nationwide survey. But there's more riding on proper foot care than just, you know, a case of gangrene: Another poll finds that two in three women will not go on a second date with a man who has nasty feet. Take a look — are yours in need of some help? Try these.
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Calluses. Hard, thick skin on the bottoms of your feet (aka: calluses) and thick bumps around the perimeter (usually corns) have many causes, but usually ill-fitting shoes or frequent repetitive motions such as running that cause friction between your bones, skin, and shoes, are to blame. While an overly-callused foot can be unattractive (and corns can become uncomfortable if they get too big), some callusing is a good thing — it helps form a naturally protective barrier between your foot and the ground.
The Solution: If your calluses are on overdrive, the easiest way to remove them is to get a pedicure — yes, really. Professional salons have all the tools to make skin-sloughing fast and painless. For an at-home approach, soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes (you can also do this in the shower). The warm water softens tough skin and makes it easier to remove. Next, use a pumice stone (Tweezerman Two-Sided Pumice Stone, $8, tweezerman.com) to firmly scrub back and forth across the callused area.