Spring has sprung and people are getting out of the house to enjoy the pleasant weather. This includes older Americans as well. Seniors need to be especially careful with outdoor activities. Here are a few tips to ensure your senior feet stay healthy this season.
There are several foot and ankle issues unique to seniors, arthritis is one of them. Although more than 60% of Americans with arthritis are under 65 years of age, it mostly strikes people over the age of 50. Arthritis is basically the inflammation of the joints.
SYMPTOMS OF ARTHRITIS
The following are the most common symptoms associated with arthritis:
- Pain and tenderness around your joints
- Redness, swelling, and stiffness in the joint area
- Skin changes in the joint area such as rashes or skin discoloration
- Limited motion
TREATMENT OF ARTHRITIS
There are several treatments for arthritis, including:
- Physical therapy and exercise
- Anti-inflammatory medication and steroid injections
- Foot massages
- Foot soaks and icing
- Orthotics or prescribed footwear
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR WOMEN OVER 65
Senior women over 65 face their own particular issues. Especially common is when the protective fat pads along the soles of the feet degenerate, which can lead to serious foot problems for women. Therefore, it’s important that at the first sign of any foot problems, women over age 65 should contact a qualified podiatrist right away for proper diagnosis and treatment. Never ignore changes in the foot’s appearance, as well as sudden and chronic pain.
BASIC FOOT CARE FOR SENIORS
To keep their feet healthy, seniors can follow these suggestions:
- Check your feet and toenails daily.
- Maintain good circulation by taking walks frequently and avoiding sitting for extended periods.
- Keep your feet clean and dry.
- Make sure you have properly fitted, comfortable shoes.
As always, if you do find an issue or are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact a specialist right away.
Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.