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Many Seniors Live With Chronic Foot Pain

As people age, the prevalence of foot pain increases. Despite this fact, geriatrics studies show that with routine foot care, proper footwear, and use of orthotic devices foot pain can often be reduced. When the foot is in pain, normal biomechanics of standing and walking can be affected. This can lead to instability, an increased risk of falls, a reduced ability to walk, and a loss of independence in seniors. A more sedentary lifestyle can develop, further weakening the strength and mobility of the feet and ankles. Women have more reported foot deformities, which cause pain, than men, believed to be associated with the long-term wearing of high heels. Another major factor in foot pain in the elderly is obesity. Other common conditions that result in foot pain include underlying conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis. Further conditions noted to be common foot ailments of seniors are corns and calluses, fungal toenail infections, bunions, and hammertoes. Foot pain in seniors severely affects their ability to walk at a normal pace and increasingly reduces their willingness to leave the house. For seniors who are becoming hobbled by foot pain, it is strongly suggested that regular appointments with a podiatrist can help to manage and even overcome many of their problems. 

If you need your feet checked, contact Mark Majeski, DPM of Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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