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.