To live useful, satisfying lives as we get older, it’s
vital that we’re able to move around. Foot ailments make this difficult, if
not impossible, for some seniors.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics,
a leading cause of activity limitation in older people is impairment of the
lower extremities. In fact, more than 25% of nursing home patients can walk
only with assistance ... or not at all.
The foot has been called the mirror of health. Many
early signs of systemic conditions like diabetes, arthritis and circulatory
problems first appear in the feet. Among the signs are dry skin, brittle
nails, numbness, tingling, discoloration, loss of leg hair and cramping. If
you should experience any of these symptoms, see your podiatrist at once.
Now ... here are some practical tips on maintaining
good foot health care:
Bathe your feet daily with warm water and blot dry ... never
Massage your feet with cocoa butter or a lanolin cream to help
the skin retain moisture and stay soft.
Soak brittle nails before clipping or filing.
Keep your feet warm and dry.
Exercise carefully but often; walking is one of the best forms
Wear comfortable shoes, and rest your feet whenever possible
by elevating them above your heart level.
Have an annual foot exam.
Following these suggestions will help you keep your feet in good shape so
you can enjoy your senior years "on the go.".
Can a podiatrist help you? We make it easy to find out. Here's how....
The physicians and staff of the A Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Centers
maintain two complete podiatric clinical facilities and provide 24-hour
emergency service. We participate in most health plans including Blue Cross
/ Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We complete and file all necessary
insurance forms and make every effort to assure you of maximum benefits with
minimum out-of-pocket expense.
You are invited to make an appointment today to relieve your foot
problems by calling us at 970-493-4660 or 970-667-0769.