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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
February 01, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Did you know that February is American Heart Month? According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in our country. The good news, however, is that there are steps we can take to help lower the risk of heart disease. One of these is to exercise regularly. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer these tips on purchasing the most important piece of equipment for any sport or fitness routine: your shoes.

  • Get the right shoe for your sport. Athletic shoes are designed for each sport to specifically support the feet in the type of movement that the activity requires. Running shoes, for example are built for more impact; tennis shoes are built for side to side movement and sudden stops and turns. If you don’t intend to specialize in one particular sport, look for a sturdy cross training shoe that has good arch support and a roomy toe box.
  • Go for a fitting at a shoe store that specializes in athletic gear. Many people are wearing shoes that don’t fit properly because they think they already know their size. Feet can also change size over the years.
  • Try on both shoes and take some time walking around the store to assess fit and comfort. Try to replicate the actions you most often do in your chosen sport or activity. Many running shoe stores, for example, have a treadmill in the store to test out the shoes before you buy them.
  • Replace athletic shoes when they are worn out. Running/walking shoes are usually good for 300-500 miles, tennis and basketball shoes can go 45-60 hours of play. 

Another way to ensure you get the right shoe is to make an appointment with your podiatrist. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico can make shoe recommendations after examining your feet and assessing your gait. The foot doctor will also take into consideration past injuries and current foot conditions to make sure affected areas are protected.

Protect your heart and help the rest of your body with safe, regular exercise. For more information on fitness shoes, contact our Pooler office at: 912-330-8885.

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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