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By Gresham Podiatry Center
January 10, 2018
Category: Foot Condition

Discover the most common conditions that affect your aging feet and what you can do about it.geriatric foot care

Our feet are always working hard for us everyday. Of course, as we get older we start to notice changes in the way our bodies function. Some seemingly easy tasks are now a bit harder. Some days you may feel stiff, sore or more tired than others. While it’s normal to not always have good days, it’s important that if you are dealing with any of these foot problems that you turn to our Gresham, OR, podiatrists, Dr. Derek McCammon and Dr. Grayden King, for care and helpful advice.

Some of the most common geriatric foot problems we see include:

Bunions

This is a fairly common foot deformity that occurs thanks to a combination of both genetics and poor footwear over the years. While bunions can occur in just about any joint in the foot, it most often affects the joint at the base of the big toe. If this joint juts out from the foot and sometimes causes you pain and swelling then you may have a bunion.

Luckily, our Gresham foot doctors can provide you with simple, at-home measures to prevent the deformity from getting worse. Very rarely is surgery needed to correct the issue.

Hammertoes

This is another deformity that affects the shape and structure of your toes. It most often plagues the middle joint of the small toes, causing the affected toes to bend downward. Hammertoes often resemble a claw. If caught soon enough we can provide you with conservative treatment options to prevent the joint from losing its flexibility and to reduce symptoms.

Corns and Calluses

The structure and shape of our feet often change over the years. This, coupled with shoes that don’t fit properly and a lack of natural moisture within the skin, can lead to painful corns and calluses on the feet and toes.

In healthy individuals, corns and calluses can be prevented by wearing footwear that won’t put pressure on the toes and gives toes room to move around and by applying protective non-medicated padding to areas that are prone to developing corns and calluses.

Arthritis

It’s fairly common for elderly patients to experience some form of arthritis, particularly in the feet and hands. The condition can cause weakness, swelling and joint pain in the feet. Arthritis medication is one of the best ways to manage this chronic condition, but we can also provide handy tips for easing painful arthritis symptoms in your feet.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is quite often the result of plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, which can usually be treated with simple at-home measures to speed up healing and reduce inflammation. Of course, chronic heel pain may require more advanced and aggressive options like shockwave therapy, ultrasound therapy or corticosteroid injections.

Do you have questions about the symptoms you are experiencing? Do you want to find out more about the foot care services we offer in Gresham, OR? Then call Gresham Podiatry Center today.

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.