Posts for: May, 2018
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!
Does one of your heels hurt? Heel pain is a common complaint. Heel pain can be caused by standing for long periods, wearing poorly fitting shoes, or playing sports. Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay, which has offices in Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Riverview, and Wesley Chapel, FL offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to find out how your podiatrists Dr. Robert Valins, Dr. Maria Walshe and Dr. Domenick Calise can help with your heel pain.
#1- Orthotic Devices- Your doctor may recommend prescription orthotics to treat your heel pain. Orthotic devices are custom-molded, individually designed shoe inserts or foot pads. Research has shown that orthotic devices improve function and reduce foot pain.
#2- Cortisone Shots- If your pain persists, your podiatrist may inject cortisone into the tissue to reduce pain and inflammation. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. The cortisone starts working in a few days and its effect can last for several days to a few months.
#3- Stretching Exercises- Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises to treat heel pain. Stretching exercises are an effective way to prevent and manage heel pain. Research shows that stretching exercises reduce inflammation, improve function, and ease pain . Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done on a regular basis.
#4- Night Splint- Podiatrists use night splints to treat heel pain. A night splint is a brace that attaches to the foot, ankle and lower leg. Night splints hold the feet in a neutral position during sleep. Night splints may help reduce the morning pain experienced by some patients.
Say no to heel pain. Call Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay at 813-788-3600 today to schedule an appointment in Zephyrhills, FL. Call 813-788-3600 to schedule an appointment in Sun City Center, FL. Call 813-633-5900 to schedule an appointment in Wesley Chapel, FL. Call 813-633-5900 to schedule an appointment in Riverview, FL. Our heel pain treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life.