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Admit it, a lot of men don't place too much importance on the appearance of their feet. After all, pedicures aren't exactly at the top of their priorities list—not unless the girlfriend drags them along on her weekly salon session.

Nevertheless, your feet deserve some attention in your grooming routine. Take note of these men's grooming tips, problems, and solutions to keep your feet in tip-top shape at all times.

1) “Help! I have really smelly feet, and they’re super embarrassing. Whenever I get hot and heavy with a girl, I’m always that dork who keeps his socks on in bed.”

If there’s one thing we know to be a total mood killer, it’s the suffocating, cheesy stench of feet; one whiff can be enough to send your date running for the hills! We totally feel for all the fellas out there who’ve been left in the dust, reduced to staring dully at the their toes, a funky odor permeating the air around them.

Good news though, gents: having smelly feet is not permanent problem, and you can fix it easily enough by stepping up your grooming regimen and doing simple foot treatments.

What causes your feet to reek?

Bromodosis (yes, there’s an actual medical term for stinky feet) typically happens when you sweat into your shoes and socks. Sweat (even from your feet) doesn’t actually smell bad, but when it’s trapped in moist and dark conditions, bacteria can start breeding, which then leads to foul-smelling odors being released.

How do you treat it?

Remember to wash your feet daily (don’t even think about skipping!) and dry them thoroughly, especially between your toes, before slipping on your shoes. Don’t use the same pair of shoes two days in a row—give the sweat and bacteria time to dry up before jamming your feet back in. For extra protection, you can use anti-perspirant and anti-fungal foot sprays. Lastly, try to buy socks and shoes that will allow your feet to breathe.

2) “I have really dry, cracked feet. They’re ugly AF. I always look like I don’t wash my feet because dirt gets caught in the cracks.”

Cracked heels, unfortunately, can happen to everybody; as if our feet don’t suffer enough after a long day at work! In the general scheme of things, having to deal with rough, hard skin on the soles of your feet might not be that big a deal to you, but be warned, they have the potential to cause you serious problems if you just leave them be. Luckily though, unless you’re obese or have diabetes, this problem goes away pretty easily after just a bit of adjustment to your grooming routine.

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What causes your skin to crack?

Simply put, your skin is dehydrated and when skin loses its moisture content, it becomes less pliable. Whenever you put weight on your heels (which happens when you’re standing up or walking), the skin tries to stretch and expand to accommodate the pressure; too bad for you, if it’s dry, your skin will end up splitting instead.

Everything from taking too long baths and showers to scrubbing your feet  dry with harsh soap to not drinking enough water can cause your heels to crack. At it’s mildest, you’ll just suffer embarrassing, rough cracks that might itch every once in a while. At it’s worst though, the fissures can start bleeding and you’re left vulnerable to infections.

How do you treat it?

First things first, gently remove the hard skin with a foot file. Afterwards, cover the affected area with therapeutic creams or ointments to help it heal. Keep cracked heel at bay going forward by always staying properly hydrated (so never skimp on your eight glasses a day, bros!). Start using moisturizing soap whenever you’re washing up, and always rub on vaseline or lotion into your feet after every shower or bath to lock in the moisture. Pro-tip: take care not to use alcohol-based since that will dry your feet up even more.

3) “So… my toenails are yellow. They kinda look gross and it’s seriously affecting my game. What can I do to fix them?”

 

Believe it or not, yellow toenails aren’t products of bad hygiene. Well, not just bad hygiene; there are actually a few different causes that can lead your toenails to turn that sickly hue. It should be noted that your toenails are actually good indicators of your general health, so pay attention to them, gents.

What causes your toenails to discolor?

Like mentioned, there’s more than one reason for your toenails to turn yellow. Fungal infections are the most common culprits and they can cause your toenails to become brittle and thick, discolor, and even separate from your nailbeds (yikes!). The problem may also simply be in your genes, such as the yellow nail syndrome, which is an extremely rare disorder whose exact cause and cure are yet unknown. Lastly, yellow nails can also be a sign of liver, lung, or thyroid diseases, as well as nutritional deficiencies. If you notice your toenails suddenly changing color, you should really get your butt over to your doctor immediately to see what’s up.

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How do you treat it?

Of the many causes behind your toenails turning yellow, fungal infections, at least, have readily available cures. Annoyingly though, nail fungal infections can be really persistent and a huge pain to get rid off, so you should be quick about getting them treated; oral and topical antifungal medication are usually prescribed. Since, like smelly feet, the fungal problem happens because your sweaty feet are usually stuck inside dark and damp places (e.g. closed-toe shoes), try wearing sandals or flipflops more often so your feet get to breathe in the open air. In general though, remember to dry your toes after every shower, and make sure your socks are fresh and breathable socks if you can’t avoid wearing them You should also practice good nail care by keeping your toenails trimmed and clean.

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