- Develop a daily foot care regimen—Regular foot maintenance and care helps you stay healthy, mobile, and independent as you age. Keep feet clean and dry. Washing and drying your feet helps prevent fungal breakouts. Keep your toenails trimmed straight across to avoid ingrown nails and infections. Your feet are mirrors of your health. Regular grooming and checking feet from top to bottom every day can help you catch any early warning signs and take timely preventive measures. If some seniors have difficulty reaching their feet or have poor eyesight, it is best to get a family member to help or go and see a podiatrist.
- Good shoe sense—Good shoes are important, at any age. The right shoes promote good foot health and prevent foot disorders. Aging can change the characteristics of the feet. Have your foot measured by a professional before every shoe purchase. Make sure your shoes fit well, have a good arch and ankle support, and make you feel good in action. Avoid heels that are higher than two inches.
- Work with your podiatrist—Your best resource for all your foot troubles is your podiatrist. Regular checkups with your podiatrist are recommended, especially for older adults and people with chronic illnesses. Your foot doctor can help you spot changes in your feet and help you manage chronic foot issues before becoming a serious threat.
Keeping your feet healthy during your senior years is not hard. If you have any concerns about your foot health, don’t hesitate to contact the office of Dr. John C. Marzano at Westchester Podiatric Healing Medicine, P.C., in Yonkers, NY, today to schedule a consultation. You can visit our office at 984 N. Broadway, Suite LL03, Yonkers, NY 10701, or call us at (914) 423-0600.