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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 10, 2016
Category: Proper Foot Care

Not all things get better with age. Unfortunately, when it comes to our feet, years of being on them can cause deterioration of certain parts and make patients more prone to injury and foot disorders. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we believe that focusing on a few key areas can help our senior patients prevent some foot problems and take better care of their foot health by catching issues before they become major.

Establish a Good Care Routine—Getting into healthy foot care habits and sticking with them can go a long way towards preventing foot problems. Wash feet daily with mild soap and water and dry completely, especially between your toes. Keep nails trimmed short and straight across. Apply moisturizer if your feet are dry or foot powder if you tend to sweat excessively. It only takes a few minutes each day to follow a foot care regimen that will help prevent common foot ailments like athlete’s foot, fungal infections and ingrown nails.

Pay Attention to What Your Feet are Saying—As you get older, your feet can act as an “early warning system” for the rest of your body. Diseases such as diabetes and arthritis as well as nerve and circulatory disorders often show their first signs in the feet. That’s why it’s critical that you inspect your feet for any unusual changes in color, shape or temperature and also look for any lumps or growths. If you notice anything different, make an appointment at our Washington office to see our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Catching foot and ankle disorders and systemic diseases in their earliest stages gives the best chance for a good outcome.

Invest in Your Shoes—Well-made shoes that are fitted properly to your feet can not only make walking more comfortable, they can help keep you from falling, twisting an ankle or developing heel or arch problems. Get measured professionally when buying new shoes and discard shoes when they are worn out.

Circulation—keeping the blood flowing to your feet will improve the overall health of your feet and body and will also help prevent circulatory problems, which can also impact the progress of certain diseases, such as diabetes. Avoid tight socks and shoes. Get up and stretch or walk around at regular intervals and don’t sit with your legs crossed for long periods of time. Elevate your feet when possible and don’t smoke.

Putting time into taking care of your feet will help ensure that they get you where you want to go for years to come. If you have more questions about caring for your feet, contact us at: (724) 225-7410.

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