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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 13, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   arthritis   senior patients  

Here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we treat patients of all ages. June is Older Americans Month and so we’d like to recognize our more senior patients and offer some tips for taking care of your feet as you age. Although it’s true that the risk for certain foot health issues (such as arthritis and osteoporosis) increases with age, it’s not inevitable that you will have foot or ankle problems as a senior citizen. With a little care and attention, you can help your feet continue to lead the way in an active lifestyle doing activities you love.

Listen Up

Did you know that your feet serve as a kind of “early warning system” for the rest of your body, particularly for older adults? In many cases, problems in your feet are the first indication of a systemic problem like diabetes, arthritis, nerve or circulatory disorder. For this reason, it’s important to check your feet regularly for changes and not to ignore symptoms. Pain is not a normal part of aging and should be addressed with our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, promptly.

Spring for Good Shoes

If you do only one thing to protect the health of your feet as you age buying well-made shoes that fit properly would be it. Many foot and toe disorders can be prevented by wearing the right shoes. Have your feet professionally measured because shoe size can increase as you get older. In addition, talk to the foot doctor to see if there are any special shoe features recommended to accommodate any existing foot conditions. If the podiatrist has prescribed a custom orthotic device be sure it fits in the shoes you choose.

Get a Move On

Staying active has many benefits for your feet (and the rest of your body). It helps maintain good circulation and also keeps foot joints flexible, with a good range of motion. In addition, regular exercise can help you stay at an appropriate weight. Excess pounds mean extra stress on your feet, ankles and all of your lower extremities which can lead to pain and increased joint discomfort.

Be an active partner in your health as you age. If you have questions about a condition or treatment plan or just want to know what more you can be doing to protect the health of your feet, contact our Washington office by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 20, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

As patients age certain foot care issues become more prominent. Our feet (just like the rest of our bodies) begin to show signs of wear and foot pain may become more common as fat pads wear down and the cartilage between joints deteriorates. In addition, certain systemic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis may first show signs in the feet. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we believe there is much senior patients can do to be proactive in the care of their feet. Below are some suggestions to help you continue to live an active lifestyle free from foot pain and discomfort.

Practice good basic foot hygiene—wash your feet daily with warm water and a mild soap. Dry feet completely (especially between the toes). Use a rich moisturizer to prevent dry, cracking skin on the soles and heels. If your feet tend to perspire heavily, use a foot powder to help absorb moisture.

Avoid going barefoot—this will greatly reduce the risk of injury from cuts and punctures and also of getting a fungal infection (since these are spread by direct contact).

Wear good shoes—your shoes play a huge role in the health of your feet. Wearing shoes with good arch support can help prevent flatfeet and heel pain. Firm ankle support can keep ankles from twisting. Keep heels low and toe boxes wide to avoid aggravating deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. Do not keep shoes that are worn out.

Reduce the risk of falls—September 22nd is Falls Prevention month. Check out the Council on Aging’s website: www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention/falls-prevention-awareness-day/. It offers many tips on how to avoid falls, which can damage your lower extremities and are the number one cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in older adults.

Engage in healthy habits—your feet will benefit from an overall healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly for fitness, stamina and balance. Eat a diet that is rich in bone-strengthening calcium, fruits and vegetables and strive to maintain a healthy weight. Don’t smoke because it has a negative impact on your circulation.

Don’t ignore foot pain—if your toes, ankles or feet hurt, make an appointment at our Washington office by calling:  (724) 225- 7410 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can examine your feet and find the problem. Diagnosing foot problems in their earliest stages prevents falls and long term disability. It also usually results in less invasive treatments and more successful outcomes.

 

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
June 16, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care

In May, we celebrate National Safety Month and Older Americans Month. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to address an issue that covers both those bases and is important to the health of your feet and ankles: falls. The National Safety Council reports that one in 3 older adults falls each year. In fact it’s the leading cause of unintentional injury related deaths for people over the age of 65. It comes in number 3 for all ages, however, so learning how to prevent falls is information that can help all our patients. Falls can cause several problems for your feet. Falls often result in broken bones in your feet, heels or ankles. Ankle-twisting falls can result in sprains, bone fractures and chronic weak ankles, which can ultimately lead to more falls. Areas of the foot that have been injured as the result of a fall may also have a greater chance of developing arthritis down the road as well. Here are some tips on how to keep from taking a tumble:

Secure Your Home—Be sure that furniture is arranged in such a way that there are wide pathways for walking around your home and remove small items, electrical cords, stacks of magazines or other clutter that can be a tripping hazard. Install hand rails on both sides of stairs. In the bathroom, install grab bars near the toilet and shower and use a non stick mat or appliqués in the tub and shower. Check that there is adequate lighting inside and outside your home.

Get Checked Out—Schedule regular checkups for eye exams to be sure vision is clear. It’s also a good idea to review medications with your physicians or pharmacist to ensure that there are no interactions that would cause dizziness.

Improve Your Balance—Stay active! Regular exercise and stretching will keep you from getting stiff and make walking easier. Focus on exercises such as tai chi that specifically improve balance.

If you take a spill, don’t pretend it never happened. For your feet and ankles, in addition to pain, look for the following symptoms: swelling, bruising, redness, misshapen appearance. Any of these may indicate a potential injury and should be brought the attention of our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. To make an appointment, contact our Washington office by calling:  (724) 225- 7410.

 

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 26, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Glaucoma   diabetics   ankle injuries  

You may be asking yourself “what’s glaucoma got to do with my feet?” At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we know that in treating our senior patients one of the biggest causes of feet and ankle injuries is falling. Patients with glaucoma gradually lose their sight, greatly increasing the risk of trips and falls. Here are some facts about this preventable cause of blindness:

  • Glaucoma is actually a group of eye diseases that can steal sight without any warning or symptoms. That’s why it’s called “the sneak thief of sight.” As much of 40% of vision can be lost without a person realizing it.
  • Over 3 million Americans currently have glaucoma and the National Eye Institute
    expects this number to rise to 4.2 million by 2030.
  • Although glaucoma can strike nearly anyone, those at high risk include: people
    over 60, family members of those with glaucoma, diabetics, people who are very
    nearsighted and those of Hispanic, African and Asian descent.
  • Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable blindness.
  • The best protection against glaucoma is to have regular, comprehensive eye exams.
  • There is no cure for glaucoma but if detected early, the disease can be halted or greatly slowed in its progression. Medication and surgical options exist to treat glaucoma and the eye doctor will recommend the best treatment based on the type of glaucoma and how far the disease has progressed as well as other factors.

For our seniors, being proactive about your health and getting the appropriate checkups and medical care can go a long way in preventing medical conditions from developing or progressing to debilitating problems. If you or someone you love is over 60 encourage them to work with their doctors to ensure a long, healthy active life. Schedule an appointment at our Washington office with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker by calling: (724) 225- 7410 if you have concerns about your feet or to get information on keeping your feet healthy and preventing injury and disease.