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Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

Foot Care and Aging

As one ages, it is important that foot care be maintained as their feet have worked for them for a long time and are apt to suffer from some wear and tear. At the least, an elderly person’s feet tend to flatten, widen, and have less padding that leaves bones and joints more unstable. Seemingly small problems like ingrown toenails or a minor cut can result in a barrage of health conditions that can impact an older adult’s health and well-being. Having healthy feet helps seniors to remain mobile, independent, and upright. Essential to good foot care are keeping one’s feet clean, proper drying and moisturizing of feet, wearing well-fitting socks and shoes that do not rub or cause friction, trimming toenails straight across, and monitoring any developing sores. An elderly person who cannot do these things for themselves, can enlist the services of a podiatrist and through regular visits, keep their feet in tip-top shape, and prevent burgeoning problems from worsening.

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Pennsylvania . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:00

Ways Diabetes Affects the Feet

Many people who have diabetes also develop foot problems, mainly because of nerve damage (neuropathy) and decreased blood circulation. Neuropathy results in numbness, so you are less able to detect sores or injuries to the feet. Poor circulation makes it more difficult for sores to heal and resist infection. The combination frequently results in skin ulcers that may go all the way to the bone and an  increased risk of infection as the wound remains open. In the worst cases, it can lead to amputation. Some measures can be taken at home by you or a healthcare worker to help avoid such developments. Included are keeping your feet clean and dry, checking for injuries or sores that don’t heal, and being aware of redness, swelling, or odors coming from your feet. It is important to keep your toenails properly trimmed and avoid going barefoot. It is even more important to have regular visits with a podiatrist who can perform examinations of your feet before they develop into serious or life-threatening conditions.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Pennsylvania . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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The feet and ankles contain numerous joints that can be affected by several types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis, which has been called “wear and tear” on the joints, can develop slowly and worsen over time. It is caused by the deterioration of the cartilage that sits between the bones and can cause stiffness, pain, loss of flexibility, bone spurs and swelling. Inflammatory arthritis, of which there are several varieties, causes pain, swelling, redness, and/or heat around the joint. The most common form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune condition that attacks healthy cells and can cause long-term damage to the foot and ankle joints. Psoriatic arthritis is an overreaction of the immune system and can contribute to plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinopathy, both extremely painful conditions. Another type of arthritis, one that usually attacks the big toe, is commonly called gout. It is caused by crystals that form inside the joint, producing extreme pain, swelling and redness. If left untreated it could lead to osteoarthritis. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for a full diagnosis and options for treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Pennsylvania . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 April 2022 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 05 April 2022 00:00

Foot Care For the Elderly Is Important

The importance of practicing proper foot care during the aging process is a key factor in maintaining overall health. There are simple methods to implement that can help the feet to feel good and stay healthy, including washing them daily, trimming the toenails properly, and using a good moisturizer. It can help to get routine foot massages, as these can be beneficial in promoting good circulation. Additionally, research has shown circulation is improved when the feet are frequently elevated. If there is noticeable foot pain, it is imperative the condition is identified as quickly as possible, so proper treatment can begin. When shoes fit correctly, uncomfortable foot conditions, including bunions, blisters, and hammertoes, may be prevented. If you would like more information about how to care for elderly feet, please speak with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Pennsylvania . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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