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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC Leonard M. Talarico
January 26, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
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At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC, we provide foot health care for patients of all ages. While there are many core components of a good foot care regimen that are common to everyone, each age and stage has its own particular podiatric concerns. Below are some tips addressed to our senior patients and those who care for them:

1.Make good footwear a priority. Well made, properly fitting shoes are important for everyone, but for seniors, your shoes contribute significantly to several foot health concerns. As you age, the pads on your feet naturally deteriorate, resulting in pain in the bottom of your feet. Shoes with thicker soles can help provide extra cushioning to compensate for the natural pad that is diminishing. Balance is also critical in preventing falls and shoes that lace up (rather than slip on) and fit snugly around the heel can have a positive impact on balance.

2.Maintain a self-care regimen. While cleaning your feet daily, inspect them for changes that may indicate a foot problem. Swelling, bruising, redness, skin flaking or rashes, lumps and nail discoloration may point to a developing disorder. Keep our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, informed of any significant changes or new foot pain. Use a moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin. If you tend to sweat excessively on your feet, apply foot powder before putting on your socks.

3.Stay current with other medical checkups. We believe in a total body approach to health care. Failing eyesight can increase your risk of falls and ankle sprains. Diabetes can cause neuropathy in your feet and decreased circulation. It’s important to follow all your doctors’ instructions because the health of one part of your body affects the rest of your body as well.

4.Live a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight have a direct correlation with foot health—avoiding excess strain to the bones and joints of your feet and increasing flexibility and range of motion.

Being proactive in the care of your feet (and the rest of your body) will go a long way to ensuring that you can continue to live the active life you love. If you have any concerns or questions regarding foot health and how to prevent foot disorders, contact our Pooler office by calling: (912) 330-8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 13, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

September 22nd is Falls Prevention Day and we at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC would like to use this opportunity to address this important topic for our senior patients and those who love them. Did you know it’s estimated that every 11 seconds an older American is treated in the emergency room for a fall? One quarter of adults over the age of 65 falls each year. Even in cases where a fall does not result in serious or permanent damage, it can leave an older adult feeling anxious and depressed and cause them to withdraw from fulfilling activities with family and friends. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent falls. Below are some suggestions:

Take Care of Medical Needs

Falls can be directly linked to foot problems. Neuropathy or other nerve conditions that decrease sensation in the feet can affect balance and cause missteps which lead to tripping and falling. Changing your gait or the position of your foot when you walk or stand in response to foot pain also increases fall risk. Toe deformities such as bunions and hammertoes as well as arthritic conditions that limit joint range of motion can also be contributing factors. The bottom line is, if your feet hurt, make an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to let him examine your feet and treat the source of your podiatric disorder.

In addition to foot health issues, don’t neglect eye exams to ensure your vision is not impeded and also have your doctor or pharmacist periodically review your medications to prevent interactions that can cause dizziness, lightheadedness or balance issues.

Conduct a Home Assessment

Use this checklist to make sure that the home environment is not setting you or a loved one up for a fall:

  • Do tubs and showers have handrails and non-slip surfaces?
  • Are stairwells, bathrooms, hallways and other areas inside and outside the home well lit?
  • Take a walk through the home—are their piles of papers, electrical cords, magazine racks or potted plants on the floor? How about throw rugs?
  • Do stairs have railings on both sides?

Have a Healthy Lifestyle

Finally, maintain a healthy weight, eat a well balanced diet with plenty of calcium to keep up bone strength and exercise regularly. This will keep you in good physical condition and reduce the risk of falls.

If you have concerns about senior foot health, contact our Pooler, GA office today by calling: (912) 330– 8885.










 

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