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theresa georgeAccording to licensed massage therapist Theresa George, a good way to keep one’s feet healthy is to regularly get pedicures, visit podiatrists, and have the soles massaged. She believes these measures become even more important as people get older and their skin and toenails lose their durability. George also claims that massages in particular can relieve stress in elderly patients.

"Many seniors can't see their feet as well as they used to and pedicures give us the chance to look for problems like broken toes, cracked, bleeding skin, thickening of toenails, ingrown toenails and nail fungus," said Julie Defelice, district manager at Salon PS. "If we catch a fungus quickly it can be treated."

Older individuals often have trouble taking care of their feet, and thus more susceptible to many kinds of conditions and injuries. If you know someone who is older and could use help caring for their feet, think about seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can take a look at the feet in question and recommend steps to take to ensure that they stay healthy.

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. There are many complications that can lead to serious issues, if the problem is not taken care of right away.

Common Conditions 

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating 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
Injuries left unnoticed
Insect or pet bites can also become inflamed and infected

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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http://newsfix.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Ankle-sprains.jpgThe University of Pittsburgh recently conducted a study that is vital for older women to know, especially those suffering from osteoporosis. According to this study, Older women who are less physically active and had a higher weight are said to be at a greater risk for a fractures in their feet as opposed to ankles.

A group of 10,000 women aged 65 and older were surveyed and tested by walking a certain distance. The team then focused on those who went on to have a foot or ankle fracture. Those who were more likely to have a foot fracture had osteoporosis, over 50, and were older and less physically active. Younger, overweight, and more physically active were to have ankle fractures.

If you are suffering from any podiatric complaints that may be related to age you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can evaluate your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.

Geriatrics and Podiatry

When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and even rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health without care.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseases can affect your overall health and having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities.

As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns, etc.

Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock, the higher the chance of exposure to bacteria.

Lastly, good foot health means you can have a more active lifestyle.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Description: Mariely Orama, a medical assistant for the Athletic Orthopaedic and Reconstructive Center wraps Rosmarie Danchik's injured foot.Rosemarie Danchik had never set foot in the office of a podiatrist until she broke her foot at the age of 61.  After sustaining a fall while putting away Christmas decorations Danchik found herself in a wheelchair and facing reconstructive surgery.   Broken bonesare not an uncommon complaint as people agebecause bones lose calcium.  While not everyone can expect broken bones with age, foot problems tend to increase and can often be the early signs of a serious illness. Aging does a number on people’s muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones which can mean an increased need for podiatric attention.  Diabetes can also sometimes be spotted by a podiatrist through routine care.  

If you are suffering from any podiatric complaints that may be related to age you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.

Geriatrics and Podiatry

When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and even rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health without care.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseases can affect your overall health and having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities.

As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns, etc.

Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock, the higher the chance of exposure to bacteria.

Lastly, good foot health means you can have a more active lifestyle.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, which is located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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