The status of a senior citizen has multiple benefits – special discounts, for example, or the free time that you have after retirement. However, don’t forget that good foot health is getting more important as we age. The longer your feet are healthy, the longer you can maintain independence and live an active lifestyle. Below are five most common reasons that seniors should visit a podiatrist’s office.
There are many conditions that cause foot pain, such as bunions, heel spurs, and broken bones. Problems can appear in any part of the foot. For example, seniors often have foot pain caused by ill-fitting shoes. Seniors who experience foot pain are more likely to experience other health problems as well, in different parts of the body. A podiatrist can inspect the foot to find injuries that cause pain and properly treat them.
Seniors with diabetes should visit a podiatrist at least once a year as they are more vulnerable to adverse foot conditions. For example, diabetes can damage nerve endings making even small foot injuries a serious threat.
Ingrown toenails and toenail fungus are common ailments of people of all ages, but older people suffer from them the most. Toenail fungus is a condition that starts with a small white spot on the toenail. Little by little it causes the nail to crumble at the edges, become discolored, or thicken.
An ingrown toenail occurs when a corner of the nail digs into the edge of the toes. It can lead to inflammation, pain, and redness. If left untreated, an ingrown nail can be the cause of infection. While any nail can become ingrown it most often happens to the big toe. The main causes of ingrown nails include wearing tight shoes and cutting the toenails improperly. A specialist is necessary if the ingrown nail has become infected.
Athlete’s foot refers to a fungal infection that causes cracking of the skin, peeling, blistering, and itching. It also affects the skin between the toes since it’s the most vulnerable area of fungal growth. The fungus can be acquired in areas where people are barefoot, such as changing rooms, showers, or pools. Seniors should take extra care in their choice of footwear in order to prevent athlete’s foot and allowing a pair of shoes at least 24 hours to dry before putting them on again.
There are different growths or foot problems that can affect your feet, including bunions, corns, warts, blisters, and neuromas. Blisters are pockets of skin filled with fluids that appear from rubbing or friction. A bunion refers to a deformity caused by a misaligned joint. All these foot problems are more common in later years, thus seniors should consult with a podiatrist for a proper treatment plan and prevention methods.
Visit a podiatrist to find relief from foot pain. The professional doctor will evaluate your feet, prescribe appropriate treatment and educate you about preventive measures. Give us a call today at 301-937-5666 or click here to schedule your appointment.