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By Gresham Podiatry Center
September 01, 2016
Category: General

Learn how to care for your aging feet from your Gresham podiatrist.

As you age, the daily wear and tear of your feet catches up to you. Geriatric foot conditions can range from small aggravations to geriatric foot caredebilitating issues. Gresham Podiatry Center provides state-of-the-art geriatric foot care to their patients in Gresham, OR. Here are four common geriatric foot care conditions and how to treat and prevent them.

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is an infection that gets in through cuts in your skin or cracks in your toenail. It can make your toenail get thicker or change color. Treatments for toenail fungus can include medicated nail cream, oral antifungal drugs, light-based therapies and medicated nail polish.

You can prevent toenail fungus by washing your feet regularly and keeping your nails dry and short. Choose shoes that reduce humidity and wear socks that absorb sweat. Give up artificial nails and nail polish. Although it may be tempting to hide toenail fungus under a coat of beige nail polish, this can worsen the infection.

Ingrown Nails

Ingrown toenails are a common foot condition in which the side of the toenail grows into the flesh. The result is pain, swelling and redness. There are various types of treatments for ingrown nails, including proper methods to trim the nails, soaking, antibiotics and surgery.

To help prevent ingrown toenails, use the proper tool to cut your toenails, such as manicure scissors or clippers and cut the nails straight across. Wear footwear that fits properly. Footwear that places too much pressure on your toes may cause your toenails to grow into the soft tissue.

Calluses

Calluses are areas of skin which have become hard and thick in response to repeated pressure or friction. There are various types of treatments for calluses, including callus-removing medication, shoe inserts, medication to reduce infection risk, patches containing salicylic acid and surgery.

To help prevent calluses, stop wearing shoes that irritate your toes or feet. Use pads and cushions to reduce rubbing and pressure points. Wear comfortable socks to reduce friction. Apply softening creams to your feet twice a day for stubborn calluses. Use pumice stones to smooth down calluses.

Diabetic Ulcers

A diabetic ulcer is an open wound or sore that occurs in some patients with diabetes. Diabetic ulcers are commonly located on the bottom of the feet. The management of diabetic foot ulcers may include debridement, using appropriate therapeutic footwear, daily wound dressings, and antibiotic therapy. 

You can prevent diabetic foot ulcers by washing your feet everyday with lukewarm water and mild soap. Apply moisturizer on the tops and bottoms of your feet and talcum powder between your toes. Your footwear should be loose enough to be comfortable and not crowd the toes.

Taking care of your feet is the best way to prevent conditions or diseases from occurring. If you need a podiatrist, call Gresham Podiatry Center at 503-667-6600 to book an appointment. Our practice in Gresham, OR is dedicated to providing superior geriatric foot care to our patients.