Receive your FREE copy
of Dr. Philip S. Pinsker's book today!

I wrote this book because
too many people suffer from foot and ankle pain unnecessarily.

~ Dr. Phil Pinsker

 

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT Online  Form

                                                                                             OR  Call today!  (724) 225- 7410 

FIND OUR OFFICE
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA, 15301

Podiatrist - Washington
853 Jefferson Ave
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 225-7410
(724) 225-9469 - fax

Archive:

Tags

Categories:

By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 30, 2014

How to Care for Your Feet as a SeniorWe see a lot of patients who are not concerned with their feet until there is a problem. Beginning proper care for your feet at an early age can prevent foot problems later. As you grow older, your feet can become wider and longer as the natural padding of each foot starts to thin and deteriorate. Years turning to decades of walking, standing, and exercising can wear out your feet and ankles. Your muscles can become stiff while your arches flatten.

Keep your feet healthy, happy, and looking their best throughout all of your years!  Follow our helpful tips, which include:

Don’t Pop Your Blisters!

Blisters form from irritation caused by friction between your feet and shoes. Almost everybody gets blisters from time to time, but you should remember to avoid popping them whenever possible. The skin that bubbles into a blister is working to protect the vulnerable skin underneath from bacteria. Instead, you should bandage the blister and if it does break on its own clean it properly. Broken blisters should be washed and protected by applying both antibacterial cream and a bandage. You can prevent blisters by always wearing comfortable socks and keeping your feet clean and dry.

Never Cut Your Corns of Calluses

Corns and calluses can develop on your feet as a reaction to your shoes rubbing against the skin. They are thick and hardened layers of your skin that are made to work as a barrier between the sensitive skin beneath and the irritation caused by your footwear. If your corns or calluses become irritable, you can relieve pain through the use of comforting orthotics. You should never cut or attempt to remove your corns or calluses on your own because it can lead to pain and infections. If you wish to remove your corns and calluses you should schedule an appointment with our podiatric office.

Clip Your Toenails Straight Across

You should remember to trim your toenails at least once a week and never let the toenail exceed the end of your toe. Toenails need to be cut straight across. Curving the end of the nail is an easy way to develop ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails are a condition where the nail grows directly into the surrounding skin. They can become extremely painful and irritate the sensitive tissue beneath your skin.

Taking proper care of your feet at an early age can help prevent problems later in life. Following our simple steps can help reduce the wear and tear on your feet. If you do begin to experience pain or any problems in your feet or ankles, contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker. It is our goal to keep your feet healthy and looking their best throughout all of your years.

Photo Credit: artur84 via FreeDigitalPhots.net

Comments: