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 elderly 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.
Tips for Good Foot Health
Here are some practical tips on maintaining good foot health care:
- Bathe your feet daily with warm water and blot dry; never rub.
- 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 of exercise.
- 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…
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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.