At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we treat patients of all ages and each stage of life has its unique challenges. Below are some suggestions for our senior patients and those who love them for maintaining good foot health.
Get it Checked Out — regular appointments with the foot doctor will help detect foot and ankle problems in their earliest stages when they are most easily treated. If you have a chronic or progressive condition, it will need to be monitored. Our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco, will prescribe the correct treatments and make recommendations about shoe styles and activities that will best suit your individual feet. Custom orthotics and other measures can make exercise and everyday activities more comfortable. In addition, several serious health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, circulation problems and nerve issues may all first show signs in your feet.
Develop a Daily Care Routine — many common foot problems such as fungal infections and ingrown toenails can be avoided by practicing good hygiene. Feet should be washed every day and dried completely. Inspect nails to be sure there are no jagged edges and that they are trimmed straight across (but not too short). Use a foot powder if your feet tend to sweat an excessive amount. While performing this simple care routine, inspect your feet for any unusual changes. Swelling, bruises, growths, and differences in the appearance of skin or nails should all be reported promptly to the podiatrist.
Wear Shoes that Fit Properly — ill-fitting shoes are the leading cause of foot problems. Be sure that the shoes you wear have a roomy toe box and are made of a natural, flexible material that breathes. Don’t wear shoes that are stretched or worn out in other ways as this can lead to a fall.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle — exercise and a well-balanced diet will help you avoid excess pounds which add up to excess strain on your feet and ankles. It will also help keep feet flexible and joints and muscles functioning properly. Don’t smoke (which impedes circulation) and stay current and up-to-date with eye exams and other medical checkups.
If you’re a senior, keeping your feet healthy is one way to ensure an active lifestyle doing the things you love for many years to come. To learn more or get answers to any questions you may have about the care of your feet, contact our Somers Point office today by calling: (609) 927-4894.