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By Foot First Podiatry Center
August 07, 2019
Category: Senior Foot Care

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

 

ankle arthritisDuring a study of over 5000 people with foot osteoarthritis, scientists at Keele University’s Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Center have determined that the painful condition may affect one in six people over 50 years old. Osteoarthritis is most common in those who spend time doing a lot of physical work, and is usually found in women more than men.

Arthritis in the feet can cause pain and difficulty walking. "The new study tells us that these problems in the midfoot involve some of the same processes that affect arthritic hips and knees: conditions that are taken much more seriously” stated Anthony Redmond, spokesperson for Arthritis Research UK.

Foot arthritis is a condition that more and more people have to deal with as they age. For help treating arthritic feet, call a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will determine the severity of your condition and advise you on how to lessen the pain.

Caring for the Arthritic Foot

Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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