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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 19, 2017
Category: Senior Foot Care
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If you or someone you love is over 60, there are specific foot health issues that need to addressed. As we age, our bodies change and our feet are no exception. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our senior patients to be proactive about their health. Look at the True/False statements below to test your senior foot care knowledge.

Smoking negatively impacts the health of your feet.

TRUE: Smoking reduces circulation. Since your feet are the part of your body that is furthest from your heart, the blood has to travel the longest distance to reach them. For injuries, infections and conditions that impede circulation, such as diabetes, maintaining good circulation is essential. Other ways you can improve circulation are by avoiding sitting with your legs crossed for long periods of time and putting your feet up whenever possible. Walking and regular exercise also keeps the blood flowing.

Diabetes, arthritis and other systemic disorders can be detected through your feet.

TRUE: Your feet are like an early warning system for your body. The diseases mentioned above as well as certain circulation, joint and nerve issues first show up in your feet. If caught early, they have much better treatment outcomes.

When you are a senior you can start to check your feet less often.

FALSE: Precisely because your feet can be the first place that diabetes, arthritis and other conditions show up, seniors should actually inspect their feet daily (or have someone else do it). Swelling, bruising, changes in shape, color, temperature can all be indicators of a larger problem. Stiffness, decreased range of motion or unusual lumps, and of course any pain should be reported promptly to one of our board certified podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah.

The health of your eyes can affect the health of your feet.

TRUE: Although they’re at opposite ends of your body, if your eyes are experiencing problems, they can cause you to stumble or fall which can result in a fracture, ankle sprain or other injury to your feet or ankles. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. It’s a good time to get an eye exam which can detect this and other conditions that can result in blindness.

If you have other questions about caring for your feet as you age, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office at 732-662-3050 to arrange an appointment.

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