Highpoint Foot & Ankle Center believes that when seniors want to kick back, their feet shouldn’t stand in their way. As board-certified podiatrists, we are experts at treating joint pain, bunion and hammertoes and properly cutting corns, calluses- and toe nails so as not to invite infection, especially if you have vascular disease or diabetes.
And if you are housebound, we even make house calls.
If you have diabetes or are at risk for it, as many seniors are, you also need an annual diabetic foot exam to evaluate your bone structure, skin, sensation and circulation. You can trust us for expert wound care, too.
Foot Health and Aging
Medicine and health awareness have progressed so rapidly since 1900 that life expectancy of the average American has increased by about 30 years. Older persons have become an increasingly significant proportion of our total population — and their numbers are growing rapidly. In 1900, for example, there were three million Americans aged 65 or older.
If older people are to live useful, satisfying lives, they must be able to move about. Mobility is a vital ingredient of the independence that is cherished by our aging population, and foot ailments make it difficult or impossible for them to work or to participate in social activities.
According to the US National Center for Health Statistics, impairment of the lower extremities is a leading cause of activity limitation in older people. As if foot problems weren’t enough of a nuisance, they can also lead to knee, hip, and lower back pain that undermine mobility just as effectively.
Foot Health Tips
- Properly fitted shoes are essential; an astonishing number of people wear shoes that
don’t fit right, and cause serious foot problems.
- A shoe with a firm sole and soft upper is best for daily activities.
- Shop for shoes in the afternoon; feet tend to swell during the day.
- Walking is the best exercise for your feet.
- Pantyhose or stockings should be of the correct size and preferably free of seams.
- Do not wear constricting garters or tie your stockings in knots.
- Never cut corns and calluses with a razor, pocket knife, or other such instrument;
use over-the-counter foot products only with the advice of a podiatrist.
- Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm (not hot) water, using a mild soap, preferably one
containing moisturizers, or use a moisturizer separately. Test the water temperature with your hand.
- Trim or file your toenails straight across.
- Inspect your feet every day or have someone do this for you. If you notice any redness,
swelling, cracks in the skin, or sores, consult your podiatrist.
- Have your feet examined by a DPM at least twice a year.
Highpoint Foot & Ankle Center provides podiatry services for seniors, adults, infants, young children and teenagers, proudly serving Bucks and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania, with offices in Chalfont, Doylestown, and Hatboro.
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Pamper your feet. You deserve to walk lively. Call us to schedule your annual foot exam today.