Our feet and ankles really take a beating over the years, so it’s extremely important to be aware of this and to remember that you have to take charge in the health of your feet and ankles by doing exercise and physical therapy, eating a healthy diet, and by visiting your podiatrist at least once a year. You can’t totally prevent age-related foot and ankle problems like arthritis but your foot doctor can help you avoid many of the complications.
These are some common foot problems that often develop as you get older:
- Stability and balance difficulties—Complications of conditions like peripheral artery disease and diabetes become more pronounced as you get older. The accompanying muscle weakness in the legs and feet can create balance and coordination issues that can lead to falls. Specially fitted shoes, custom braces, and orthotics will improve balance and help prevent falls and injuries.
- Skin and nail problems—Cancerous growths are more likely to appear on the feet and ankles as you get older and since they can look very much like other skin conditions, you should have them evaluated by your foot doctor. These lesions can resemble things like moles and warts so be sure to have them inspected to avoid any nasty surprises later. A biopsy of the lesion will be sent to a laboratory for analysis.
- Arthritic conditions—Inflammation and discomfort in your joints as we get older can be caused by many things, with arthritis being one of the main sources. Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are the two most common types and gouty arthritis can strike those who have too much uric acid building up in their blood. Decreasing uric acid through proper diet can prevent gout.
For age-related problems you are experiencing with your feet and ankles contact your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.