Posts for: December, 2017
Getting older means many changes to your healthcare routine. It can be overwhelming! The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center in Reston/Herndon, Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke and McLean/Great Falls work with their senior-aged patients to help them understand and protect the health of their feet, which can help maintain the rest of their health as well. You can learn more about senior foot care here.
Importance of foot care for seniors
As we age, the circulation power of our blood begins to diminish. This means that injuries can take longer to heal. This is especially true of injuries that affect the feet, which are the furthest away from the heart. Activity lessens as well, which further contributes to the lack of output in blood circulation. Therefore, foot injuries, even minor ones, can be very difficult to treat. They may even go unnoticed until a severe systemic infection develops; this is especially true for senior patients who have diabetes. That's why it's so important to work with your Reston podiatrist to be proactive about senior foot health, whether it's for yourself or a loved one.
Foot care basics for seniors
The main way to maintain your health as an older person is to practice prevention. First, your podiatrist cautions all senior patients to avoid going barefoot, even around the house. Putting on thick socks or "house shoes" as soon as you wake up can help lessen your chances of developing a foot injury. Good hygiene helps too; the feet should be washed and dried carefully and inspected daily for any developing problems. Our foot doctors can show you the best way to practice this helpful routine. You should also talk to our foot specialists to learn the proper ways to trim your toenails to prevent ingrown toenails or other problems. Finally, call to report any injury, no matter how insignificant, to the staff at Family Foot and Ankle Center so we can assess your situation.
If you or a loved one is in need of some senior foot care information, contact Family Foot and Ankle Center to schedule an appointment with one of our trained podiatrists today! Call (703) 723-2719 for Reston/Herndon office, (703) 723-9267 for the Ashburn/Leesburg office, (703) 273-9818 for the Fairfax/Burke office or (703) 556-8637 for the McLean/Great Falls office.
There is nothing worse than when your child is in pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, a problem is bound to surface at some point. Of course, you may not expect them to be dealing with foot pain. What could be going on and how should you treat the issue? And when should you visit a podiatrist to treat your child’s symptoms? We have all the answers and more.
Children will often experience some aches and pains from time to time, particularly during growth spurts. So, when is it just a normal discomfort and something worth getting checked out? First, ask your child to describe their pain. The location of the pain is important for determining the root cause.
Podiatrists often have parents bring their children in when they are suffering from heel pain. In some cases, Sever’s disease may be the cause of this pain. This heel condition affects the growth plate of the foot and is most common in children who are active or who are going through the beginning stages of puberty.
Some children end up having flat feet, which can also lead to pain and overtired muscles. The arches of the feet typically develop by the age of 5 years old. Of course, this isn’t always the case for all children. If you notice that your child doesn’t have visible arches when they are standing up then their foot pain could be due to flat footedness. Children with flat feet often experience tired, achy feet and legs that get worse with physical activity. Fortunately, this is an issue that can be addressed by a podiatrist.
Sometimes your child’s pain is the result of an injury. Maybe they came off the field limping or they twisted their ankle walking down the stairs. If you suspect that your child has sustained an injury or if they have had an accident then you need to take them to a foot specialist right away for care.
Another reason your child may experience foot pain may have to do with their shoes. The shoes they wear day in and day out should provide their changing feet with the proper support they need. As shoes get too old and begin to wear away, certain spots may start to rub against your child’s foot and cause irritation and pain. Changing shoes every three to four months is a good rule, particularly if they are active.
Of course, if you have any concerns about the health of your children’s feet it’s always a good idea to call a podiatrist to have your questions and concerns addressed.
You’ve been told time and time again to always sport that sunscreen before going outside. You’re all lathered up to protect yourself from the sun’s powerful rays but hold on just a moment. Didn’t you forget something? If you haven’t been putting sunscreen on your feet then you may just want to read further!
While you may be applying sunscreen every day in an effort to protect yourself from skin cancer, you may have forgotten one rather important area of the body that also requires sunscreen: your feet. Just like the rest of your body, skin cancer can develop anywhere on feet. Since this is a less obvious location, most people won’t catch the issue until it’s become widespread and serious. Melanoma symptoms can sometimes be very subtle and unless you are getting regular foot exams and performing self-exams regularly you may not notice skin cancer in inconspicuous areas such as between toes or under the toenails.
When it comes to sunscreen it’s important to apply it about 15 to 20 minutes before going outside. Sunscreen should be broad spectrum and protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Remember to reapply sunscreen after sweating or swimming (or at least every two hours). A good rule of thumb is, if your feet are going to be exposed to the sun then it’s time to apply sunscreen. Even if you are just walking around outside in flip-flops, you should still put sunscreen on your feet before leaving the house.
Of course, even when practicing good sunscreen application, it’s still important to inspect your feet thoroughly and regularly so that if there are any changes to the health of your feet that you’ll be able to tell right away and come in to see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
If you do notice a suspicious mole or growth it’s important that you play it safe and have it checked out by a foot doctor. Skin cancer can happen to anyone. Isn’t it time you protected your skin? Reach out to a podiatrist if you have any questions or concerns about your foot health.