Geriatric Foot Care
Geriatric Foot Care in Gresham, OR
Of all of the parts of your body, your feet are one part that doesn't receive nearly as much attention as it should. While this typically isn't a problem in your younger years, as you start to age, geriatric foot care from Derek J. McCammon, DPM at Gresham Podiatry Center, LLC becomes more important than ever.
Read on to learn more about why geriatric foot care is important as you age as well as the steps you can take now to treat and prevent common foot conditions.
Common Geriatric Foot Care Conditions
As you age, your immune system may not be what it once was. Foot conditions that were a minor concern in your younger years may be more persistent, serious and problematic.
Common foot conditions you will want to watch out for include athlete's foot, corns, callouses, fungal infections and ingrown toenails. Plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, diabetic ulcers and tendonitis can cause significant pain or complications as well.
Treating and Preventing Common Geriatric Foot Care Conditions
While most conditions can be treated fairly easily with a trip to Gresham Podiatry Center, LLC for geriatric foot care, it is better to prevent the conditions in the first place if at all possible. Thankfully, prevention is just as easy in most cases.
To keep your feet strong, healthy and pain-free, choose comfortable shoes that offer good support. Look for a wide toe box and an absence of pinching or pressure points. Wash and moisturize your feet daily, being careful to dry them completely afterward, especially in between the toes. Trim your toenails and inspect your feet regularly for any suspicious cuts or bruising. You may also want to avoid sitting with your legs crossed to increase blood flow to your extremities.
While no one of any age wants to suffer from an unsightly or painful foot condition, dealing with these conditions at an advanced age can lead to greater complications. Keep your feet in good health by following the tips listed above and by calling or visiting Gresham Podiatry Center, LLC with any questions or concerns.