You’ve heard the phrase we get better as we get older, but this isn’t necessarily true for our feet. It’s important that you take care of your feet through every life stage, but if you’re just now realizing the significance of this, it’s not too late to start. A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare offers tips for taking care of your feet in the later years of life.
Your feet have taken you on many different paths. They may have experienced years of wear and tear exercising or playing a sport without properly fitting foot wear. They may have been forced into the latest fashion high heels as you dress to impress and climb the corporate ladder. They may have experienced many vacations enjoying the sand between your toes, but been routinely exposed to situations where it’s easy to contract fungal infections - like swimming pools or unsanitary pedicure practices. Your feet may even be genetically predisposed to get issues like bunions. Years of wear and tear may have been hard on your feet, but you can prevent future foot trouble.
Periodically check your feet
It’s important to check your feet regularly or have a friend or family member help if it has become too hard to bend over and get a good look. You want to look for issues such as ingrown toenails, corns and calluses, discolored toenails, bumps or deformities. The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare stress the importance of paying attention to any chronic foot pain as well. Sometimes this can be a sign of more serious issues such as arthritis, diabetes, bunions, or infection.
Practice good foot care
Keep the blood circulating in your feet as much as possible by elevating them when you’re sitting or lying down, stretching or walking if you’ve been sedentary for a long period of time (for example, traveling on a bus or plane), and soaking them in a warm foot bath. The size of your feet can change as you age, so make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes that fit well and offer good support. Treat yourself to a massage or pedicure to keep your feet energized and toenails properly trimmed. But make sure the pedicure tools are cleaned and sterilized!
Plan for pain free years
You’re in your golden years. You want to be active and enjoy them without having to deal with foot pain. It’s not uncommon to experience varying levels of foot pain as you get older, caused by foot problems like bunions, hammertoes, toenail fungus, arthritis, bone spurs, or other issues. The good news is that a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare is ready and willing to sit down and figure out the best plan to ease your foot pain.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.