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5 Reasons Seniors Should Visit a Podiatrist.

Proper foot health is often overlooked but an extremely important issue for senior citizens. It is vitally important to maintain an active lifestyle. Seniors need to visit a podiatrist for a proper assessment and, if necessary, treatment of and foot or ankle problems to ensure good foot health.  Here are 5 reasons why.

  1. Nail care.  Many seniors suffer from ingrown nails due to pressures on the nails or improper cutting.  This can often result in various kinds of infections which require professional care. There are also thick, painful and ugly fungal nail conditions.  If physically unable to perform regular nail care, podiatrists are positioned to do so safely.

  2. Specialized care for diabetics, people with poor circulation and those on anticoagulants.  Even for simple trimming of nails and corns/calluses, this population is at-risk for complications of self-care. Podiatrists are also able to prescribe appropriate foot care measures to treat and hopefully prevent serious problems.

  3. Fall risk assessments and footwear advice are vital to maintain mobility and a healthy, active lifestyle.  This is a particular need for diabetics or anybody with peripheral neuropathies or gait abnormalities due to strokes, joint replacement surgery or other problems.

  4. Skin conditions/dermatological exams. Many seniors have little lumps, bumps and rashes in their skin, particularly in the sun-exposed areas. There are the more common athlete’s foot and psoriasis conditions, the surprising fact is that it is not at all uncommon for skin cancers to manifest on the feet and lower legs. These skin conditions need to be identified, often by biopsy, so they can be dealt with properly and promptly.

  5. Injuries and other painful conditions.  Pain in the feet of seniors is not always age-related “arthritis”.  Pain is never normal.  There are injuries and other conditions which need to be evaluated and treated properly and promptly so as not to become something potentially far worse and debilitating.

The takeaway point is that seniors should not take their feet for granted.  There are many options for proper evaluation, treatment and advice on maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle.

For more information or an appointment, contact us at 732-382-3470 or visit our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com

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By Clark Podiatry Center
August 09, 2017
Tags: Bunions   Orthotics   senior footwear  

For those of you taking care of older loved ones, you probably find yourself doing many things on their behalf: making doctor’s appointments, taking them to the supermarket or buying their groceries, as well as buying their clothing and shoes. All these tasks are not always easy, so we first want to encourage you and acknowledge the great job you’re doing!

Now we want to focus on what to look for when purchasing footwear for older adults. Footwear requirements can change as people age. Bone structures change, and the body, including the feet, can shrink. Because of these possible changes, it’s important to follow these top tips when buying supportive footwear for seniors:

Do your best to take them with you. The best way to buy footwear is to have the older loved one try on shoes (with socks) and walk around in them before buying them.

  • The shoes should be comfortable and fit well. Toes should be able to wiggle, but feet should not slip around inside the shoes. Also, avoid any that feel like they are causing friction.

  • If you cannot take them with you due to time or mobility restrictions, try to find ones that seem to have supportive features. It may help to buy more than one pair so that they can choose at home. Then, you can return the other pair(s).

Buy the shoes according to their needs.

  • Are they going to wear the shoes indoors or outdoors? If they will primarily wear the shoes inside, consider the floor material. If you have carpet, smooth outer soles will prevent tripping, while hardwood floors will require some grip to prevent slips.

  • Do they need shoes with wide toe boxes due to bunions? Some foot deformities make the feet wider, but not longer. It may be tempting to buy a size up, but that can cause tripping. Instead, look for the wide sizes, indicated with a W next to the numerical size.

  • Got flattened arches? Look for shoes that have arch support and heel cupping so that they have increased support and stability.

  • Do they have arthritic pain? Ample cushioning is helpful for preventing painful impact on the joints when walking.

Your older loved one may need custom orthotic shoes or inserts if they cannot find the right shoes for their needs. Make sure they go for a podiatric checkup to assess for developing problems, especially since foot pain can affect mobility and stability. Come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. Make an appointment today to have their feet assessed and treated with care. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns! We keep you walking!

 

By Clark Podiatry Center
January 22, 2016
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Did you know that in the U.S. every 13 seconds a senior is treated in an emergency room because of a fall and an older adult dies from fall-related injuries every 20 minutes? (Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). This adds up to millions of injuries to our senior citizens each year. Sadly, many of these can be prevented with some thoughtful lifestyle and footwear changes.

Reduce Your Risk of Serious Injury in a Fall

  • Get a thorough eye exam every year.
  • Regular exercise can strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Improve your balance with programs like tai chi that promote stability.
  • Eliminate tripping hazards like small throw rugs in your home.
  • Add railings to both sides of all stairways.
  • Improve lighting where necessary especially on stairs.
  • Take a look at all wiring and get rid of excess cords and extension cords. Secure any that are necessary with duct tape.

Choose Footwear with Safety in Mind

Could your shoes increase your risk of falling? Try this 1-2-3 test on those in your closet:

  1. Bend the shoe to look for flexibility in the toe area.
  2. Twist the shoe to see if it twists too easily in the middle.
  3. Press the sides of the heel - it should be stiff, not collapsing.

If it's time to spruce up your shoe wardrobe, visit shoe retailers with professional sales staff who will measure your feet each time. A shoe that doesn't fit well is not only painful but can present a danger to anyone with mobility and balance issues.

Here are a few more shoe shopping tips to get a proper fit:

  • Shop late in the day as feet are largest then
  • Have your feet - both of them - measured each time
  • There should be no "break-in" period - new shoes should be comfortable right away
  • Be sure to bring your own socks and orthotic devices when you shop

With millions of seniors ending up in the ER due to falls each year, medical alert systems can be key for contacting help when accidents occur in the home. Reviews.com  performed over 100 hours of research and hand-testing on such devices.  Their guide outlines which factors will help families and seniors choose the right system for their needs  Click on the link for more information:  http://www.reviews.com/medical-alert-systems/

Taking the right steps to maintain your balance and wear the right footwear are important to overall foot health for seniors.

Contact Us for Any Foot or Ankle Pain

At Clark Podiatry Center we focus our efforts on diagnosing and treating foot and ankle conditions of all kinds. Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to relieve your discomfort. Please contact us at our Clark office at 732-382-3470 to make an evaluation appointment today or use the contact information at the website. In addition to treating any foot or ankle pain, we can assess your balance and gait and recommend footwear and exercises to improve your stability.



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