Foot Health Tips for Seniors

It’s May and here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we’re celebrating our senior patients in honor of Older Americans Month. In our practice, we serve patients in all age groups and each has its own particular foot health care needs. Below are some steps seniors can take to ensure healthy feet and many years of active living.

Establish a Good Podiatric Care Routine

Many feet, toe and ankle problems can be avoided with proper hygiene. Wash feet daily with warm soapy water and dry completely—especially between your toes—to help prevent athlete’s foot from developing. Keep nails trimmed straight across and with no rough edges. Never cut or file nails with curved edges as this can lead to ingrown toenails.

Practice Self-Exams

Your feet can serve as an early warning system as you age. Many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, circulatory, and nerve disorders will first show signs in your feet. Look for changes in color or shape of your feet, swelling, bruising, growths or changes in sensation. Report anything unusual to our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Adam Thompson.

Choose Footwear Wisely

One of the single best ways you can protect your feet is by wearing shoes that are well made and fit properly. Get your feet professionally measured, as shoe size can increase as you age. Be sure the shoes you pick are made of soft, flexible material and have roomy toe boxes. Avoid heels over two inches and styles that are narrow and pointy.

Keep the Blood Flowing

Good circulation is essential to lower extremity health. Exercise regularly. Avoid standing or sitting in one position (especially with your legs crossed) for a long period of time. Elevate your feet when sitting. Don’t wear tight socks or hose. If you haven’t already, give up smoking as it greatly impedes circulation.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

A well-balanced nutritious diet that helps you maintain an appropriate weight, exercise, getting enough sleep and taking care of your other medical needs will all benefit your feet as well.

Lastly, remember that foot pain is not a “normal” part of aging. If you are experiencing any discomfort in your feet or ankles, don’t wait. Make an appointment at our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office today.

 

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