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As you age, it’s important to pay close attention to your foot health as part of your overall health. Since your feet are considered the foundation of your body, ignoring their hygiene puts you at risk for immobility and pain. To avoid this, we recommend senior citizens take early action in maintaining the health of their feet.
Some of the most common foot conditions among geriatric patients include heel pain, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, bunions, dry skin, brittle nails, complications due to arthritis and diabetes, and fungal infections. In order to keep these issues from arising, we recommend using a footstool when seated to keep your feet elevated, dry your feet completely after washing, showering, or bathing, ensure your shoes and socks fit well and provide adequate room for your toes, trim your toenails straight across on a regular basis, and keep your feet moisturized to avoid cracked skin.
It may also be helpful to consider footwear that provides your feet with extra support to avoid fallen arches and ingrown nails, as well as to help you keep your balance while going about your daily activities. In more severe cases, depending on the foot condition you’re experiencing, our podiatrists may suggest custom orthotics or shoe inserts to help correct the alignment of your feet.
If you’re suffering from foot pain, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide professional advice, diagnosis any condition, and design a custom treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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