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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Arthritis   diabetes   exercise   healthy weight  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat patients of all ages. At every stage of life there are a particular set of concerns and care issues to focus on. Our senior patients are no exception. Good foot health is essential for maintaining independence as we age. Below are some areas that are significant in the care of senior feet:

Circulation

Keeping the blood circulating is very important as we age. Your feet are the furthest part of your body from your heart and therefore circulation issues can have a very serious impact on them. Good circulation aids in the healing of injuries and infections and also plays a large role in staying mobile. Ways to improve and maintain good circulation include:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid sitting for long periods, particularly with your legs crossed
  • Put your feet up for some period of time each day
  • Don’t smoke

Detecting and Preventing Disease

Many diseases whose risk increases as we age are first noticed in the feet. Joint stiffness in feet or ankles, decreased sensation, burning and other symptoms can be pointing to a systemic problem, such as diabetes or arthritis. That’s why it is very important that seniors get in the habit of checking feet daily and report any changes or abnormalities to our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. Early detection of systemic and even foot-specific problems greatly increases the chances of successful treatment.

 Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

We all want to remain independent as we age and be able to enjoy an active lifestyle participating in the activities we love now. There are ways to ensure that this is the case:

  • Choose shoes that are well made, supportive, and fit without rubbing, friction or squeezing the toes together. This single step will prevent many foot conditions from developing or worsening. Discard shoes as soon as they are worn out.
  • Walk whenever possible and exercise on a regular basis.
  • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce the strain put on your feet. If you have diabetes, gout or another inflammatory condition ask your foot doctor how your diet can improve your foot issue.

To learn more about senior foot health or to have your feet evaluated, contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885.

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