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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC Leonard M. Talarico
January 26, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   senior  

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.










 

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Podiatrist / Foot Surgeon - Pooler / Savannah • Leonard M. Talarico, DPM • 140 Traders Way • Pooler GA  31322 • 912-330-8885