Your feet support you every day of your life. As you age, you can imagine the number of miles that get put on those poor feet! It’s important to take care of your feet, no matter what age you are, or how old you feel, however there are extra issues that may arise as you reach your later years.
Aging feet may experience issues such as, ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, swelling, arthritis, fungal nails, or diabetic ulcers. Decreased circulation and sensation, which are common as you age, can make these issues even more troublesome. You may be more prone to skin breakdown and infections if you have any of these issues.
Checking your feet daily and maintaining proper hygiene are good ways to prevent issues that may turn into bigger problems. Keep your skin moisturized to prevent cracking, but keep the area in between your toes nice and dry, to prevent fungus build up. If you have painful corns and calluses, see a podiatrist regularly to have these shaved down to prevent pain and ulcerations of the skin. Cut your toenails straight across, and do not dig for the corners if they become ingrown. See a podiatrist to have the ingrown nail properly removed, to prevent infection. Utilize compression hose to control painful swelling, and elevate your feet after a long day. If you have arthritis pain in your feet or ankles, you may benefit from an orthotic device or brace. Take notice of your balance, and notify your podiatrist if you have fallen, or feel unsteady when walking.
At Toe-Tal Foot & Ankle Care, we specialize in Geriatric Foot Care, and enjoy taking a conservative approach to helping our seniors stay active, and live free from foot pain. If you notice changes in your aging feet that seem concerning, or just have questions about how to properly care for your feet, please call (817) 656-0303, or visit www.toetalfootandanklecare.com for more information.
Written by Dr. Shannon Cairns
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