Isn't it always so positively charming when manly men decide to do girly things, like take ballet or get man-icures? It's just so cheek-pinchingly adorable how they go to great lengths to justify it as somehow for their health, rather than because it's fun or relaxing—because only women would be so frivolous as to do something because it feels good? Well, now it seems that male athletes have finally discovered the simple pleasures of the pedicure, but let's be clear: they don't do it because they want their feet to look pretty—no, no, they do it for the health of their feet. Sure, gents.

It's apparently happening all over the place in the world of sports. Basketball player Dwyane Wade, of the Miami Heat, gets "sports pedicures"—those are no-frills foot treatments NOT pedicures where they paint little basketballs and soccer balls on your toenails, FYI. And when he is not busy taking a knee, Tim Tebow enjoys taking a seat in a spa chair from time to time. Pro athletes even got doctor approval to engage in such delicate treatments. Dr. Howard Osterman, who's the podiatrist for the Washington Wizards, says some of the players on his team get them during the season because it maintains their foot health and keeps them from getting injured:

They're not the least bit embarrassed, and they see it as part of their training program. It's as much medical as it is cosmetic.


Because it would be so embarrassing to do anything for cosmetic reasons. Isn't it really so unmanly want feet that don't look like mangled callous monsters? Anyway, the good news is the next time anyone gives you grief about getting a pedicure, you can totally say you're doing it for medical reasons. And it's possible you'll get to enjoy the pleasure of some professional male athlete's company while you relax at the nail salon.

Athletic dudes' girly little secret: the pedi [MSNBC]

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