By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
June 13, 2018
Category: Senior Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   Arthritis   senior patients  

June is Older Americans Month and here at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we’d like to take this opportunity to address some of the podiatric needs of our senior patients. There are several health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and certain nerve and circulatory problems that become more prevalent with age. That doesn’t mean, however, that they are inevitable. There are many ways to protect your feet as you get older and prevent podiatric problems. Below are 7 tips to help keep your feet healthy as you age:

  1. Choose shoes wisely. One of the best ways to care for your feet is to wear good quality shoes that fit properly. Get your feet professionally measured and look for shoes made of soft, breathable materials. Do not wear shoes that rub or pinch anywhere on the foot. Keep heels low and wide to prevent falls.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Avoiding excessive weight gain will reduce the stress on your feet that comes from carrying around excess pounds. Fill your plate with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and focus on those known to help joints and bones such as cherries, citrus, and leafy greens.
  3. Keep the blood flowing. Avoid staying in one position for a long period of time. Stretch regularly and elevate your feet when sitting or lying down.
  4. Exercise regularly. Weight-bearing and strengthening exercises will help keep foot bones strong and maintain flexibility and a good range of motion. Exercise will also help with weight control.
  5. Avoid smoking—it decreases blood flow, which in turn can cause swelling and circulation problems.
  6. Practice good foot care. Make sure you wash your feet daily with soapy water and dry completely. Use a rich moisturizer at night to prevent dry skin and heel cracks. If you tend to sweat profusely, apply a talcum powder each morning before putting on socks or hose.
  7. Conduct regular self-exams. Check your feet for changes in color, size, and shape. Report any growths, bruises, swelling, changes in moles, toenails or skin to podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah. The foot doctor will examine your feet and prescribe the proper treatment if any foot disorders are diagnosed. Contact our Monroe, Edison or Monmouth Junction office in New Jersey for an appointment today by calling: 732-662-3050.