Men, women, children, senior citizens – they’ve all got feet, and Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm treats all of them here at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. Since June is Men’s Health Month, we want to focus today on how men in particular can keep their whole bodies healthy. What’s good for the rest of your body is good for your feet, too! So follow these top five tips for keeping your entire selves strong and fit.

Tip #1: Go to the doctor.
Studies have shown that women outlive men, not only in the U.S. but across the globe. One of the reasons for this is that men are not as proactive about preventative care; that is, they don’t visit the doctor as often as women do when they’re well. Put your excuses aside and go to the doctor. As Nike says – Just Do It.

Tip #2: Eat a variety of foods.
Eating the same foods all the time means you’re missing out on some essential vitamins and minerals. So vary your diet – eat foods in lots of colors, enjoy fresh, local produce when possible, and choose from all of the food groups every day.

Tip #3: Drink water.

Every cell in your body needs water to function, so stay hydrated, especially during these hot days of summer. Consume high water content foods, too, such as watermelon, peaches, and cucumbers.

Tip #4: Move it.

Daily exercise improves your mood, strengthens muscles and bones, and helps keep off unwanted pounds that can cause foot pain or lead to diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes.

Tip #5: Toss the tobacco.

We don’t have to tell you what smoking does to your lungs and your lifespan. But you might not know that smoking damages your blood vessels and can lead to peripheral arterial disease (PAD), causing pain and slow healing in your lower limbs.

Guys, when you take care of your body as a whole, your feet will naturally be healthier as well. If you ever do develop foot or ankle pain or suffer a sports injury to your lower limbs, don’t hesitate to call us at our office in Centreville, VA at (703) 996-3000. You can also make an appointment online.

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