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Posts for tag: Foot Health

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
May 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Aging Feet  

As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself, especially your feet. Foot health tends to decline in seniors for many reasons, including:

∙       Years of walking

∙       Improper footwear

∙       Poor circulation

∙       Diseases related to foot problems such as diabetes and gout

∙       Improperly trimming toenails

When problems are ignored, they may worsen and lead to more dangerous issues. There are easy ways to take care of aging feet and nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain.

When to talk to your doctor

It’s important to know when symptoms are just common aches and pains and when they might be something more serious. Even if your pain isn’t related to something serious, you still need to take care of your feet since they are the foundation of the body. Aging foot pains may cause pain in the knees, hips, or back.

Some symptoms to look out for are:

∙       Brittle or discolored toenails

∙       Discoloration or cold/numb feet

∙       Severe pain in feet and ankles

∙       Blisters or cracked skin

∙       Sores and wounds

Tips for maintaining healthy feet

Taking care of feet is simple and will pay off in the long run. Some easy tips for foot health are:

∙       Inspect your feet and nails regularly

∙       Use soap to wash your feet and always thoroughly dry them

∙       Use lotion to prevent dry, itchy, and cracked skin

∙       Wear properly fitted shoes and clean socks

∙       Trim your toenails regularly

∙       Don’t cross your legs

∙       Elevate your feet when seated

Taking care of aging feet is simple, and your dedicated foot doctors are here to help. Foot care is something you shouldn’t avoid, and individuals that aren’t able to take care of their feet are encouraged to see their podiatrist for foot care appointments. If you have any questions about taking care of your aging feet, call our office today to make an appointment!

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
July 15, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Healthy FeetThe feet are perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of the body. But did you know that they are also some of your most important?

Don’t wait until something is wrong to give your feet extra attention. Keeping your feet feeling healthy and looking beautiful is easy. Here’s how:

  • Inspect your feet regularly, being mindful of any changes in appearance, color and texture.
  • Maintain good foot hygiene by washing and drying feet regularly.
  • Choose proper shoes, and always wear the correct size.
  • Keep feet dry to prevent bacterial infections by wearing moisture-wicking socks.
  • Alternate shoes each day.
  • Trim toenails straight across and gently file away sharp corners to prevent an ingrown. 
  • Avoid walking barefoot to prevent injury.
  • When wearing sandals, remember to apply sunblock.
  • If your feet hurt, don’t ignore the pain! Consult a Fairfax podiatrist if symptoms worsen or do not resolve.

Diabetes

If you have diabetes, you should pay extra attention to your feet as you are at a higher risk for developing foot problems due to nerve damage and poor circulation.  Mild foot problems, such as ulcers, corns, cracked heels and ingrown toenails can turn into serious complications without proper care.  Since even the smallest cut can have serious consequences, it is important that people with diabetes inspect their feet every day and visit their Fairfax podiatrist for routine exams.

When to Consult Family Foot and Ankle Centers

If you are experiencing foot pain, don’t ignore it! Consult your podiatrist. Pain, redness, swelling or discoloration are not normal symptoms and should be examined by a trained foot specialist.  

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
July 16, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health  

Foot ArthritisWith age, it’s not uncommon to experience pain and stiffness in your feet and ankles.  Carefully monitoring your pain is important, however, as this noticeable discomfort could be an early indication of a more serious condition known as arthritis. Arthritis is a group of conditions that typically involves pain and inflammation in the joints.  There are many types of arthritis, with osteoarthritis being the most common form.  Left untreated, pain caused by arthritis will get worse, eventually leading to joint weakness that can interfere with the most basic daily activities.  

Arthritis can have a serious impact on the structure and function of your feet and ankles. See a podiatrist if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Chronic pain or tenderness
  • Limited mobility or motion
  • Stiffness early in the day
  • Changes in skin, including growths and rashes                                              

Whenever you notice a change in your lower extremities, contact our podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center for a thorough evaluation. When detected early, proper treatment can slow the development of arthritis and get you back to your active lifestyle.

Treating Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle

Family Foot and Ankle Center can help you determine the best treatment option depending on the type and severity of your arthritis.  

Treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections for the joint
  • Shoe insets, pads, braces or arch supports
  • Physical therapy and exercise
  • Custom-designed shoes
  • Weight management

When arthritis doesn’t respond to conservative treatment, surgical intervention may be considered as the last resort.

A thorough evaluation of your health and type of arthritis will allow our podiatrists to recommend the best treatment plan for you. Arthritis is a disabling disease, but with early detection, you can help manage the pain associated with arthritis of the foot and ankle and maintain a healthy, fulfilling life.  Allow our Fairfax podiatrists to assess your foot and ankle pain and get you back on your feet.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
March 15, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health  

Foot HealthWith age, many people experience changes in their feet. This may include a change in their shape; a loss of the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet; thinner, drier skin and brittle nails; and even arthritis. As the feet change, they also naturally develop more problems. But aching feet are not a natural part of growing old or something to be tolerated. You can do many things now to help relieve pain, improve comfort and keep the spring in your step.
Taking good care of your feet has many benefits including increasing your comfort, limiting the possibility of additional health issues, and keeping you active and mobile. The following tips may help keep feet feeling and looking their best into the golden years:

  • Choose proper-fitting shoes with adequate support, a firm sole and a soft upper for your everyday activities
  • Walk—it’s the best exercise for your feet
  • Avoid going barefoot
  • Never cut corns or calluses on your own
  • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap
  • Moisturize daily
  • Trim and file toenails straight across
  • Inspect your feet daily. If you notice redness, cracks in the skin or strange sores, consult our Fairfax office
  • Have your feet examined by Family Foot and Ankle Center at least once a year

There are more than 300 different foot ailments. Some are inherited, but for older people, most foot conditions stem from the impact of years of wear and tear. The good news is that even among people in their retirement years, many foot problems can be treated successfully.
Never ignore the natural changes that aging brings.  Since feet are referred to as the “mirror of health,” podiatrists are often times the first to identify signs of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis. Regular visits to Family Foot and Ankle Center can help prevent foot problems and alleviate pain to keep you active for life.

By Family Foot and Ankle Centers
March 01, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health  

WalkingLooking for a safe, easy and inexpensive way to stay healthy, increase your energy level and improve your figure? Start walking. Walking is one of the easiest and most popular forms of exercise, and when done properly, can significantly improve your health.

The basic kind of walking -- often called healthwalking -- can be done almost anywhere and at any time, year around. And for individuals with a long history of inactivity or problems with obesity, walking is an excellent way to begin an exercise program.

If the Shoe Fits- Get Walking

Footwear plays a vital role in the duration and achievement of your walking routine, and shoes that don't fit properly or that lack support can lead to foot pain or injuries, such as blisters, corns, calluses, nail fungus and plantar fasciitis.

Not sure which shoe will offer you the most support? Come into our Fairfax office for an examination. We can help determine the best shoe for your feet based on your arch, walking experience and foot mechanics. Your shoes should be well-cushioned and stable, offering you comfort and fit that enables you to walk smoothly and without discomfort.

Keep Your Feet Healthy

To gain the most health benefit from walking, it's important to pay close attention to your feet. Trim your nails regularly, keep your feet clean and dry, and inspect your feet for signs of sores, blisters, corns, calluses or other infections. Serious foot ailments, such as bunions or hammertoes, should be checked by our Fairfax office before you begin your exercise regimen.

Once you're ready to hit the road, you'll want set appropriate goals based on your overall health and walking experience. Start slow and build upon your distance gradually. And don't forget to stretch in order to prevent injury and keep muscles loose.

Walking is meant to be safe, easy and fun, but in order to do so, you must have healthy feet. Experiencing foot pain and discomfort isn't normal. Talk with a podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Center if you encounter any problems while walking. Every step you take is one step closer to a healthier lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Take a stroll in the mall, walk your dog in the park, or grab a friend and go for a leisurely walk around your neighborhood. It's easy and fun, and when done regularly can lead to a healthier you!



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