September is Healthy Aging Month! No matter how old you are it’s important to take care of your feet. The younger you start the less problems you’ll have later in life. You’re never too old to start living a healthy lifestyle. Your feet are a big part of that too. They participate in just about everything you do to promote aging gracefully.
In response to September being healthy aging month here are some foot care tips from a New York podiatrist to help you in whatever stage of life you may be in. Some of them may be no brainers and just good reminders, and some might be insightful because you’ve never considered them before.
General Foot Care Tips
- Wash your feet daily with soap and water.
- Moisturize your feet to combat dry, cracked skin.
- Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Avoid toenail fungus by wearing shoes in public places.
- Wear shoes that fit! This means they offer good support and will help you avoid future foot problems.
- Wear socks when you can. They help wick away moisture and protect against rubbing.
- Take a walk every day to keep your foot muscles strong and ligaments flexible.
- Put your feet up and let them rest when they hurt.
Prevent Foot Problems in the Early Years
Babies are born with only 22 bones in each foot (a fully formed adult foot has 26) and these bones are made out of soft, flexible cartilage. The bones can take up to 18 years to develop and harden to adult form. Each child is unique and develops at their own time, but they all have foot care needs at every stage.
- Invest in good shoes as your child grows so they have the proper support, otherwise you could be setting them up for foot problems in the future.
- Don’t wear shoes that are hand-me-downs because no two pairs of feet are ever the same shape and size.
- Get the right shoes for the right purpose; for example, cleats for baseball, a good pair of running shoes for track and field.
- Check your children’s feet regularly to look for signs of blisters, or foot developmental problems like flat feet, pronation, ingrown toenails, or Athlete’s foot.
Be Proactive Against Problems in the Later Years
The longer you can focus on keeping your feet healthy, the longer you’ll be able to live an active lifestyle. As you get older, you may experience more foot problems and foot pain, but as long as you follow the tips provided below and visit a New York podiatrist anytime you’re experiencing chronic foot pain you’ll have the golden years ahead!
- Keep blood circulating by putting your feet up when sitting or lying down.
- Have your feet measured before buying shoes. They elongate and flatten as you get older.
- Don’t rush. Your foot balance may not be as good as it used to be.
- Go for a daily walk to keep your feet muscles working.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to cold temperatures.
- Keep a lookout for foot problems related to arthritis, diabetes, or nerve issues.
We encourage you to use this Healthy Aging Month to take a moment and commit to a few easy things to start living a healthier lifestyle. An apple a day might keep the doctor away and practicing some easy foot care tips might help keep the podiatrist away. Remember, anytime you’re experiencing foot pain and foot problems contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.