Our bodies really take a beating over the years, and as we get older our feet become more susceptible to a variety of ailments and conditions. Getting enough exercise and eating right are obviously important for overall health. While the effects of aging can be slowed down somewhat, most people will experience one or more of the following problems with their feet as they age.
4 common problems of aging on the feet include:
- Skin conditions—Skin lesions are more likely to appear on the feet and ankles as you get older. These lesions are often just moles or warts, but they can also be a sign of cancer, so always have your foot doctor check them out.
- Arthritic conditions—Arthritic conditions often affect the joint of the big toe. Osteoarthritis is caused by the decrease in cushioning between the joints. Gout is a particularly painful form of arthritis that is brought on by poor diet and alcohol consumption. Arthritis can also increase the severity of hammertoes and bunions.
- Edema—This is fluid retention in the extremities that is often increased due to hormonal changes during the aging process. Circulation problems such as peripheral artery disease can also contribute to this swelling.
- Stability and balance problems—Peripheral nerve damage from diabetes and a general weakening of the tendons, ligaments, and muscles of the feet and ankles can lead to decreased ankle stability and an increased risk of injury from falling. Specially-made orthotics can help stabilize the foot and decrease the chances of falling.
As you get older, it’s essential that you have your foot and ankle problems evaluated and treated by your foot doctor to reduce the risk of complications and further injuries. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631)-549-8637 and Briarwood, NY (718)-657-8921.