- Like many men, they don't pay much attention to their feet or the types of shoes
- Podiatrist Nicole Reilly revealed the ugly side effects men's footwear can cause
- She explained what the most complained shoes were and the serious problems
But there are serious health problems men are increasingly facing with shoes.
As male fashion footwear becomes more popular on the market, experts are seeing more men suffer similar conditions that women in high heels experience.
Here, Sydney podiatrist Nicole Reilly revealed the ugly side effects men's footwear can cause - and the most complained about shoes.
She revealed the top complaints made by male clients at her clinic include heel and calf pains, shin splints, arthritis, bunions, nail fungus and ingrowing toenails.
'While there's a lot of press surrounding the issues of high heels and what they do to women's feet, the truth is that men are equally vulnerable to having painful problems with their feet,' Ms Reilly told Daily Mail Australia.
'Men tend to ignore foot and ankle problems more than women until it starts slowing them down.
'The feet are the parts of the body under the most pressure each day and they need to be looked after, particularly if you stand up all day, work in heavy industry or play sport regularly.
'As we age our feet are also more sensitive so ensuring they are healthy is important. It's important for men to know that pain is not normal, and most foot and ankle conditions are easier to treat when diagnosed early.
'We are seeing a big shift in fashion shoes for men. As male fashion shoes become more available as options, we are seeing men suffer similar conditions that women in heels experience.
'We also see younger men wearing fashionable sneakers to the gym and lifting heavy weights. We are noticing an increase in injuries to this age group due to poor gym and work shoe choices.'
Revealed: Men's most complained about shoes
Narrow Toe Box Shoes – Increases the chances of forefoot pain. The conditions we commonly see are Pinched Nerves (Morton's Neuroma), Corns and callus formation, Bunions and Clawed toes, ingrowing toe-nails.
Non Leather Lined/Upper shoes – Can cause nail and foot fungus due to the increase in sweat production and non-breathable properties. Increase in friction over the heel area and forefoot region due to the material not stretching to accommodate soft tissue.
Elevator Shoes – Shoes today are coming with built in insoles that can increase the height of a male or soles that have a fashion air pocket or increase in heel height relative to forefoot height (almost like a wedge feature in the shoe for men). This feature can shorten the achilles, calf or hamstring muscle and have an effect on posture and forefoot weight-distribution.
Non Rubber Soled Shoes - Due to the lack of cushioning properties we are seeing more injuries occurring due to this feature. In particular if the shoe has a plastic or wooden sole. Male patients are complaining of aching legs, feet, knee or lower back pain after a long day at work that present with this feature in their shoes.
Steele Capped Work Boots – Injuries can occur due to the heavy nature of the shoe and the inability of the shoe to flex at the toe box. Tradesman often complain about the uncomfortable nature of their shoes and if we can help their shoes be more comfortable with an orthotic or insole.
'Make sure you are wearing the right sized shoe,' the owner of Sole Therapy said.
'Educate yourself on your own foot-type before purchase. Sports shoes purchased can cater for different arch heights and cushioning levels needed.
'In running shoes - features can be hidden or confusing as shoes cater for a neutral, pronated and/or supinated foot-types.
'If you have a wider foot purchase shoes that account for your extra width.
'Look after your feet and see a Podiatrist for nail and foot care if you experience ingrowing toenails, corns, callus or foot/nail fungus.'
Tips to buy trainers
1. Don't buy a shoe just because it looks good as the features within this shoe may not be suitable for your activity or chosen sport.
2. Understand your foot posture and the demands of your activity as companies spend billions on designing shoes for different peoples needs.
3. Visit a podiatrist that is passionate about biomechanics as they will help you understand your foot and body posture and what shoes you may need for your required activity.
'Look for shoes with a firm heel counter and provides heel stability and support,' she said.
The heel height should not be greater than 2.5cm - a broad base gives greater support, she said.
The sole should be reasonably firm throughout and bend across the ball of the foot, but not at the mid-foot. Rubber soles provide grip and shock absorption.
She explained toebox should be deep and wide enough to allow the toes to spread naturally. Midfood fasteners such as laces, buckles or Velcro helps to ensure snug fit and present foot moving forward.
Men's shoes should be light-weight and approximately one thumbs width longer than your longest toe.
Ms Reilly said there were many ways to help feet recover after a long day in shoes.
'Massage your feet. Consider dry needling or acupuncture for imbalances or tight muscles,' she said.
'Try foot and leg stretches and strengthening exercises, wear the right shoe for your foot-type and elevate your feet while resting.
'Use a foot roller or spiky ball or soak your feet in Epson salts if tired at the end of the day.
'If you have diabetes it is important you visit a podiatrist to check your feet as complications such as vascular, neurological and ulceration can occur more frequently in these cases.
'And lastly, see a podiatrist and address your foot, leg, knee or back complaints.'