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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Problem: Sweaty Feet
Raise your hand if your socks are soaked when you take you shoes off at the end of the workday. All feet perspire at least a little, but if your feet are pumping out more water more than your pits, you may have a clinical condition known as hyperhidrosis in which your feet produce an excess amount of sweat. The problem is more common in young men than any other demographic.
The Solution: "Use moisture-wicking socks made out of synthetic material not cotton, and change them at least once-a-day to prevent bacteria from collecting in the damp environment," DeSantis says. Use foot powder, cornstarch, and even an antiperspirant or deodorant on your feet (try Klima Surefoot Spray, $25, klimadeodarant.com) to help control your sweat situation.