Nice cheese and fine wine both get better with age. Your foot care routine should, too! If you’re 60 or older, then chances are your feet have undergone some wear and tear over the years. You should consider the sign of a life well lived. In order to keep living well and doing the activities you love, it might be time to adopt some new foot care techniques. In this blog, we’ll cover the top three ways to keep your feet healthy in your senior years.
Support your Soles
For long-term use, the inserts that come with your shoes when you buy them won’t offer much support. Over-the-counter cushioned insoles will provide some relief and comfort, but they won’t be sufficiently contour to your foot’s unique shape. Custom orthotics are designed by a podiatrist for your feet and your feet alone. This one-of-a-kind mold do more than cushion your feet; they support your muscles and tendons and can prevent complications like heel pain, bunions, and hammertoes.
Fight Off Fungus
Fungal toenail infections are often caused by the same species of fungus that causes athlete’s foot. Left untreated, a fungal toenail will cause your nail to turn yellow and crack. Keep your toenails shiny and healthy by always wearing shoes or flip-flops in public locker rooms or swimming pools, changing your socks as they become sweaty, and talking to your foot doctor about laser therapy for fungal toenails.
Don’t Get Burned by Neuropathy
As you get older, the muscle tissue in your feet will thin and you’ll have a greater chance of developing peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms of neuropathy usually include tingling or burning sensations or a complete loss of feeling in your feet. If you develop neuropathy, you need to be extra vigilant in checking your feet daily for cuts or sores, as you may not be able to register the pain anymore.
The most important foot care technique for any stage in life is to make regular visits to your podiatrist. Our board-certified doctors are ready to evaluate the specific needs of your feet and keep you moving happily for years to come. The Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are proud to offer convenient locations in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call today at (281) 444-4114.