Senior Citizens Have Unique Foot Care Needs

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Did you know that the average American will walk 10,000 steps per day, adding up to over 75,000 miles by age 50? Those steps take a toll on the 26 bones and 33 joints of the foot. As many as 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives, many after the age of 65. The good news is that your board-certified podiatrist is an expert in caring for the feet, ankles, and lower legs of men and women of all ages. She or he can keep your feet in the best possible condition throughout your lifetime and can assist in numerous ways during your golden years.

  • Minor wounds – It’s especially important that minor wounds receive prompt care to prevent infection or ulceration. Your podiatrist can inspect your feet for potentially dangerous minor cuts and scrapes, and then help them heal quickly.

  • Hygiene – With regular care from your podiatrist, toenail fungus, ingrown toenails, and other hygiene-related issues can be prevented.

  • Diabetic foot care – 25% of men and women over 65 have diabetes, an illness that makes it challenging to manage blood glucose levels. This fluctuation can affect many aspects of overall health and is particularly dangerous to foot health. It is critical that people with diabetes maintain ongoing relationships with their podiatrists. This is the very best way to stop problems before they start.

  • Comfortable footwear – Your podiatrist can help you with recommendations for footwear that will be easier to wear and to walk in, along with custom orthotics for increased cushioning and support.

If you are worried about the effect that aging is having on your feet, or if you have any other concerns about your foot health, the first thing to do is to see a podiatrist like Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein. These doctors can provide expert examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Schedule a convenient appointment in our modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today. Call Hartford Podiatry Group’s friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started.