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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.

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