Foot Care for the Golden Years
As your body ages, it’s only natural that health issues are going to arise in certain areas. Your bones and joints have been used extensively in many different ways throughout your entire life. You’ve worked hard! Now sit back and let Bay Podiatry Associates take some of the guesswork out of caring for your feet. Taking good care of your feet will ensure you can continue an active, healthy, fun lifestyle as you head into your “golden years.”
Here are some suggestions for elderly foot care:
- Daily inspections – your feet can often point to issues in your body early. Issues in your feet can sound alarm bells that other health issues such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve issues, or circulatory problems are occurring. That is why you should start the habit of regularly checking your feet. Changes in color, temperature, shape, size, or additions of new growths are things to take note of. Blisters, bumps, red spots, or anything that seems “off” is something you should report to your podiatrist. If you’re not able to check your own feet because of mobility issues, have a family member or a medical care provider help.
- Keep a healthy flow – good circulation is necessary for a healthy body, including your feet! Regular exercise and staying active can improve circulation. Quitting smoking and cutting back on alcohol are also great ways to help your blood flow freely.
- Get the proper shoes – well-made shoes that fit right to your feet make all the difference. Shoes must have good arch support and must fit to where they don’t slip, rub, or pinch your feet. Orthotic inserts or custom orthotics are also available if you’re experiencing foot or ankle pain.
- Keep your feet clean and dry – Wash your feet daily in warm water with a mild soap. Afterwards, dry thoroughly to prevent bacteria and fungus from forming. Before bed, a little moisturizer can help to prevent your feet from drying out.
If you or a family member is in their golden years and struggling with foot care, we are here to help! Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, can answer any questions you might have related to foot and ankle care. We’re here to ensure great foot health for life. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.