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The average person puts over a hundred thousand miles on their feet during their lifetime and all that stress and pressure eventually takes a toll with an increase in foot and ankle problems. Having regular visits with your foot doctor will help catch potential problems and avoid many potential future complications.
As you get older, foot and ankle problems often become more common:
- Toenail trouble—As you get older your toenails will become thicker and more brittle with an increased susceptibility to fungal toenail and bacterial infections. Your toenails will also be more difficult to trim properly possibly causing an ingrown toenail and subsequent infection.
- Arthritis—While several types of arthritis can affect the feet and ankles, the type that results from all the wear and tear on our joints over the years is called osteoarthritis. As the insulating cartilage in the joints gradually degrades the bone on bone, rubbing causes pain and stiffness in the joints, with the joints of the foot and toes often seriously affected.
- Balance and coordination difficulties—Nerve disorders like peripheral neuropathy that is caused by diabetes can decrease feeling in the feet leading to balance problems and an increased risk of falling.
- More frequent skin conditions—As you get older your skin tends to get dryer and this can exacerbate the formation of skin problems like calluses, corns, and cracked heels. Skin lesions should be carefully monitored since cancerous growths can mimic other skin problems.
If you are experiencing problems with your old feet, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
A foot ulcer is potentially a life-changing occurrence for someone who has diabetes. Because nerve damage caused by diabetes reduces or eliminates all sense of feeling in the feet, even a relatively minor injury can go undetected and quickly morph into a diabetic foot ulcer that needs aggressive treatment to avoid spreading and the possible need for amputation.
Taking good care of your feet is the best way to avoid a foot ulcer and also avoid the possible amputation of one of your toes, or even an entire foot in some cases.
2 essentials to prevent diabetic foot ulcers include the following:
- Proper shoes with inserts and stabilizers—Wearing shoes that are too tight is one of the most common risk factors for diabetic foot problems. Your shoes should be comfortable yet supportive, so you don’t want them to be too loose either. Excessive rubbing can cause skin damage and blistering, so always choose shoes with a wide toe box. Special shoes for diabetic patients have extra room for shoe inserts and ankle braces, as well as the proper cushioning and heel depth.
- Regular foot inspections—Peripheral nerve damage caused by diabetes can make it difficult to know when you have hurt yourself. By making a habit out of daily foot inspections you look for cuts, blisters, scrapes or other skin conditions like warts and moles. If you have cracked heels or heel fissures, these need to be treated to avoid bacterial and fungal infections. Check the bottom of your feet carefully, as well as between the toes. Use a mirror if you have trouble seeing the bottom of your feet.
For more expert advice on foot ulcer prevention and treatment, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Treat your Cracked Heels with DIY Methods
If left untreated, cracked heels can lead to irritation in the feet, typically characterized as flakiness, redness, itching, and skin peeling. Cracked heels can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, dry skin, aging, an unhealthy diet, and long periods of standing, or constant pressure on the feet. Fortunately, there are many DIY methods you can use to treat your cracked heels. These include the use of oils, avocadoes and bananas, honey, oatmeal, lemons, and wax.
The Truth about Cracked Heels
Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.
How do you get them?
Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.
Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.
Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.
Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.
Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.