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A Message for Men Who Delay Medical Care

Admittedly, some men are good about keeping doctor appointments. However, they appear to be the exception to the rule. Studies show that women are 100% more likely to go to their doctor for an annual physical. A study by the Cleveland Clinic proved that 60% of men would not go to the doctor even if they suspect they might be seriously ill. In honor of Men’s Health Month, Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center wants to speak to all the men in Fairfax County who are reluctant to seek out medical care – especially as it relates to their foot health.

Men who delay medical treatment do so for a variety of reasons. They are too busy. They are afraid they will get terrible news. They feel fine, so there cannot be anything wrong. They do not have a doctor. Their concerns are too embarrassing to talk about. We encourage men to put aside these excuses for three essential reasons:

  1. Your family loves you. This is the essence of Men’s Health Month. Care for yourself because somebody out there cares about you and needs you to stay healthy. Do it to protect your loved ones.
  2. Early detection of health problems can save you. Going for an annual checkup is equivalent to having your car’s oil changed after so many miles. It is routine maintenance for your body. Just as the mechanic may find a loose wire that threatens a car breakdown, a doctor can head off serious medical issues at the pass. A routine visit to the doctor could save your life.
  3. Prompt treatment can save you weeks, months, or even years of pain. This is especially true of foot and ankle problems. Heel pain, arch pain, ankle swelling, or numbness that hangs around for a long time will likely get worse without treatment. When you do finally go to the doctor, treatment may take much longer than if you had visited at the first sign of trouble. Surgery – usually our last resort – may be your only option.

Gentlemen, make regular visits to the doctor for at least these three reasons. In addition, when you have foot or ankle pain, do not hesitate to call our board-certified podiatrist in Centreville, Virginia at (703) 996-3000. You can also make an appointment online.

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