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August 2022

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Changes to Your Feet as You Age

As people age, the body undergoes numerous changes, and changes to the feet are no exception. First, the skin becomes thinner, and you may notice joint pain you never had before from simple wear and tear. In addition, the muscles become weaker and less resilient. All this adds up to not being able to do many of the things that you used to do, or doing them more slowly and for shorter periods of time. Added to simply aging, certain conditions such as neuropathy, circulatory issues, and swelling of the feet (edema) may bring additional pain and increase the risk of injury or falling. The bones also begin to lose density, adding to the risk of fractures, especially in post-menopausal women. The fat pads in the heels and soles of the feet diminish, which may lead to such painful conditions as plantar fasciitis. Arthritis, an inflammation of the joints, may develop, causing more pain. Ways to stave off some of the effects of aging feet include finding footwear that fits properly and provides extra cushioning. Also, it is thought that foot and toe stretches help to keep the blood circulating and prevent swelling. Keeping your feet clean, dry, and moisturized can help you avoid infections. And watching your weight is important, as extra weight increases the load your feet have to support each time you take a step. For more information on taking care of your feet during your older years, please consult a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Mt Airy, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, King, Greensboro, and Siler City, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

The Danger of Ignoring Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, can be an unsightly condition to have. It usually appears as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail. This infection often comes from walking barefoot in a public bathroom, locker room, or swimming pool area. It is important to treat this condition immediately to prevent it from worsening, spreading, or causing more serious complications. The fungi that cause this infection are contagious and can spread to other parts of the body, even the blood. Most often, they spread to other nails on the feet or hands. Antifungal medicine is usually used to combat the problem. Ways to prevent toenail fungus include using antifungal powder on the feet each day, not sharing shoes or socks, washing and drying feet regularly, wearing breathable shoes, and not walking barefoot. If you suspect you have toenail fungus, contact a podiatrist as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.​​

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Mt Airy, Clemmons, Winston-Salem, King, Greensboro, and Siler City, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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