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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 25, 2015
Category: foot care tips
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Although the risks for health issues increases with age, there are many ways that patients can proactively care for their feet to help avoid problems and ensure many years of living an active life. Our board certified doctor, Philip S. Pinsker, treats many senior patients in his Washington, PA practice and he believes that establishing a foot care routine will help prevent injury, catch foot health problems in their earliest stages, and may even help keep the rest of the body healthy. Did you know that the warning signs of certain diseases and disorders can show up in your feet? These include diabetes, arthritis, circulatory and nerve problems.

If you are a senior citizen, here are some ways you can help keep your feet healthy:

  • Choose shoes that are properly fitted and supportive. A good pair of shoes will help with balance and properly support foot structure. Shoes should not rub or require a “breaking in” period. They should be roomy in the toe box.
  • Wear clean socks and change them if they get damp.
  • Wash feet with mild soap every day and dry thoroughly, particularly between the toes.
  • Use moisturizers that contain lanolin, shea butter, or coconut oil. Avoid water-based lotions that can encourage dry skin to return.
  • Trim toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Keep good blood circulation to your feet by putting them up when you are home and avoiding crossing them if you are sitting for a long period of time. Avoid tight socks which could also restrict blood flow.
  • Check your feet on a daily basis. Look for bruises, redness, injuries, cracks, blisters, bumps, changes in your toenails, or any signs of infection.

If you do notice any changes in the appearance of your feet or you feel pain or discomfort, call our office at (724) 225- 7410 or request an appointment online as soon as possible. So often, early detection and treatment of a foot problem that affects seniors can head off more serious complications and long term disabilities.

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