Foot care as you age

Older people need to take care of their Feet too

You are most to prone to foot problems like corns, blisters, foot infections, and heel pain in later life as your skin becomes thinner and less elastic.  Painful or sore feet are not suppose to be a natural part of aging, and can be treated.

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Foot problems in older people

  • bunions
  • corns and calluses
  • heel pain or arch pain
  • cracked skin
  • ingrown toenails
  • fungal infections (athlete’s foot)

If you’re having trouble looking after your feet, you’re not alone. Age UK reports that nearly one in three older people can’t cut their own toenails.

Foot care problems tend to happen if you’re less mobile than you used to be, particularly if you have difficulty bending down. Poor eyesight, can also make it harder for you to look after your feet.

How to look after your feet

Your feet will remain in better condition, if you have a regular foot routine. This includes:

  • cutting and filing toenails and keeping them at a comfortable length
  • smoothing and moisturizing dry and rough skin
  • checking for cracks and breaks in the skin and inflammation such as blisters
  • looking for signs of infection like nail fungus or other obvious early problems, and seeking professional advice
  • choosing suitable socks and footwear
  • keeping your feet clean, dry, mobile, comfortable and warm. Bedsocks are a good idea

If it’s difficult for you to follow this routine yourself, see a professional podiatrist for help.

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Podiatric Care Services in Chicago

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Podiatric care services in Chicago are available at the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America. We have two convenient locations in Chicago, as well as podiatric care services in Orland Park, and Indiana. Podiatric care services will include issues relating to the feet, ankles, and other lower extremities, such as your toes. We provide exceptional care for a variety of patients whether you are diabetic, an athlete, or salesperson on your feet all day.

When searching for the right podiatric care services in Chicago, it is important that you look for a clinic that specializes in the kind of expertise you need. For instance, the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America offer podiatric care services in Chicago that includes reconstructive surgery, advanced diagnostics, a full range of sports medicine solutions, physical therapy, diabetic foot care, toenail fungus, and prescription foot orthotics. This is important because it is not out of the ordinary for a patient to require treatment for multiple problems.

Patients will often start looking for podiatric care services in Chicago, when they discover their mobility has become limited. Our busy lives cause us to put off seeking treatment for foot problems or ankle injuries until they start to spiral out of control. For instance, a small break in the foot may cause the patient to change how they walk to compensate for the injury. Because podiatric care services in Chicago were not used, the original problem begins to trigger new issues. Patients may be more likely to twist an ankle or develop a bunion due to the new way of walking. Eventually, the compounded problems become unbearable or limit mobility and the patient will start to look for podiatric care services in Chicago.

Diabetics will often face this type of situation. A small ingrown toenail can quickly spiral into a serious infection that could require amputation of the toe, foot, or even leg. Foot problems in Chicago are so serious for diabetics that many physicians will recommend that regular podiatric care services in Chicago become part of the treatment plan for the diabetes. When diabetics do not take podiatric care services in Chicago seriously the results can be disastrous with the patient’s death a real possibility. It is for this reason that the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America encourage every diabetic to include podiatric care within their diabetes treatment plan.

For the rest of us, podiatric care services in Chicago are required when we least expect it. A patient may have avoided foot problems or ankle injuries their whole life until a hike or game of tennis changes everything. Suddenly, a perfectly healthy athlete is facing the need for a foot doctor in Chicago to repair a break or perhaps reconstruction is required for a devastating ankle injury. It is comforting to know that the Foot & Ankle Clinics of America is available to perform surgery and manage physical therapy following an unexpected injury.

Podiatric care services in Chicago are a critical part of diabetes maintenance, but they are also needed on a daily basis for patients who suddenly find that they are facing a foot or ankle injury after an accident. It can be a scary prospect for athletes or anyone with an injury that affects mobility. The right doctor could mean the difference between living a normal life or a daily fight of restrictions. The Foot & Ankle Clinics of Americaoffer exceptional podiatric care services in Chicago for a variety of conditions, so stop suffering and begin a journey of healing today by making an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

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Be good to your feet: Foot Tips by Chicago’s Top Podiatrist

Happy feet is a Happy Life

Never ignore your foot pain. It can result in many other health issues such as disease, and back issues.

Here’s our foot tip of the week:

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The Hated Cracked heels

Not moisturizing your feet can lead to heels that become dry and cracked.

Always wash your feet daily by using water, and a mild soap, but most of all dry your feet completely.

Now exfoliate your dead skin with the following:

  • Pumice Stone: Granulated stone is the ideal beauty tool for dry feet. They are available in a variety of shapes, and sizes for easy use.
  • Scrubs: Are specially formulated to work on your feet, foot scrubs typically contain ingredients that stimulate circulation, and condition the skin while cleaning away dead skin cells.
  • Creams: These are similar to common moisturizers, which provide a little something extra for your tired feet. They penetrate the skin with intense moisture, and provide long relief over time.

To make the most of your daily foot care, apply a foot cream nightly. Invigorate your feet with Tea Tree Oil, and moisturizer them with Shea Butter to ensure your feet stay soft like a newborns bottom.

 

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Dr. OZ show talks about Diabetic Foot Care: Cotton Ball Test

Diabetes Cotton Ball Test by Dr. Archer on the Dr. OZ show:

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Recently, I was watching the Dr.OZ Show and Dr. Archer was on explaining a simple test for people at risk of Diabetes that they could do at home.

 

  1. First, Clean your feet with a mild soap, and water. Dry them completely.
  2. Wait about 5 minutes. Now take a cotton ball, and rub it on the top of your hand to see what the cotton ball feels like.
  3. Now do the same thing on the bottom of your foot. The feeling should be very similar, but if you can not feel it, it could be a sign of Diabetes.

Please alert your physician, and have your blood tested soon if you can not feel the cotton ball on your feet.

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Diabetic Foot Care, Why do you need Diabetic Shoes?

 

A common side effect of diabetes is “peripheral neuropathy,” which causes loss of sensation in the extremities. Ill-fitting shoes that rub or pinch the feet excessively can lead to ulceration and foot injury, simply because the diabetic does not feel the injury until it is too late.

The Foot and Ankle Clinics of America supports the research which states properly fitted diabetic shoes are very important in preventing such injuries. By partnering with Dr. Comfort, Foot and Ankle Clinics of America can provide footwear and specialty insoles for diabetics to help alleviate and/or prevent foot pain and injury.

Diabetic shoes are often wider and deeper than regular shoes, to make room for special diabetic insoles. To ensure proper fit, minimize rubbing and uneven weight distribution, pedorthic insoles for diabetics are generally custom made for the patient’s feet, thus preventing injury. It is also important for a diabetic to have shoes with good air circulation; therefore many diabetic footwear features fabric or sandal-style uppers.

If you have any questions about diabetic shoes and their benefits, please contact one of our offices today to speak with one of our podiatrists about your specific needs.

That Pain in Your Back Could be Linked to Your Feet

Back pain and feet by Foot Health Facts

If your lower back has been hurting, and you don’t remember doing anything to injure it, the source of your pain could be your feet! Foot pain is something that many people try to ignore. After all, doesn’t everyone’s feet hurt now and then? But if foot pain is something that has been with you for quite awhile, it could be causing problems in your ankles, knees, hips and even your back.

That old song, “The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone…The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone…,” tells the whole story. Our bodies are like a chain, with one link–or bone–connecting at the joint to another link. Think about what would happen if the first link in the chain was out of position. The point at which it meets the next link would eventually overstress that link and adversely affect the entire chain.

That’s what happens when we have foot pain. If the normal way of walking is painful, we instinctively change our walking pattern. Say you have arthritis, and your big toe joint hurts, so you change our gait to avoid bending the joint when you walk. Changing your gait changes the mechanics of your ankle joint, eventually causing ankle pain. This change in your walking pattern can also affect the whole chain of your lower body… from the ankle, to the knee, to the hip, and then to the lower back.

When foot pain or a foot deformity causes you to change the way you walk, it changes the way the bones of all those other joints move with each other. Cartilage in the joints can wear down, ligaments and tendons can be stressed beyond their normal range, and arthritis can set in.

If your feet or ankles aren’t working right, don’t ignore them! Contact a foot and ankle surgeon for an evaluation. Your back (and knees and hips) will thank you!

Tips for Protecting Feet from the Heat

One perk of a beach-bound vacation is knowing that instead of snow soaking through your Choos or having your feet feeling toasty in sweaty Uggs, you can lounge happily with your toes dangling in the warm weather, shoe-free with the sand at your feet. But alas, the dream does come with its own set of tootsie troubles. “Even if you are just lying still on your back soaking up the rays, your feet are still vulnerable,” says American Podiatric Medical Association member Dr. Jane Andersen. “You can seriously sunburn your feet and no matter how upscale your hotel, athlete’s foot can lurk in all public pool areas.”

Wouldn’t you rather spend time collecting sea shells than doctor’s bills? No worries. There are ways to prevent these future foot predicaments so you can go back to your sun-kissed dreams and enjoy a liberated foot experience.

  1. Limit walking barefoot as it exposes feet to sunburn, as well as plantar warts, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and other infections and also increases risk of injury to your feet.
  2. Wear shoes or flip-flops around the pool, to the beach, in the locker room and even on the carpeting or in the bathroom of your hotel room to prevent injuries and limit the likelihood of contracting any bacterial infections.
  3. Remember to apply sunscreen all over your feet, especially the tops and fronts of ankles, and don’t forget to reapply after you’ve been in the water.
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. This will not only help with overall health, but will also minimize any foot swelling caused by the heat.
  5. Keep blood flowing with periodic ankle flexes, toe wiggles, and calf stretches.
  6. Some activities at the beach, lake or river may require different types of footwear to be worn so be sure to ask the contact at each activity if specific shoes are needed. To be safe, always pack an extra pair of sneakers or protective water shoes. If your shoes will be getting wet, they should be dried out completely before your next wearing to prevent bacteria or fungus from growing.
  7. If you injure your foot or ankle while on vacation, seek professional medical attention from a podiatric physician. Many often only contact a doctor when something is broken or sprained, but a podiatrist can begin treating your ailment immediately while you’re away from home. Use our Find a Podiatrist tool to get treatment wherever your travels take you!
  8. In case of minor foot problems, be prepared with the following on-the-go foot gear:
    • Flip flops – for the pool, spa, hotel room, and airport security check points
    • Sterile bandages – for covering minor cuts and scrapes
    • Antibiotic cream – to treat any skin injury
    • Emollient-enriched cream – to hydrate feet
    • Blister pads or moleskin – to protect against blisters
    • Motrin or Advil (anti-inflammatory) – to ease tired, swollen feet
    • Toenail clippers – to keep toenails trimmed
    • Emery board – to smooth rough edges or broken nails
    • Pumice stone – to soften callused skin
    • Sunscreen – to protect against the scorching sun
    • Aloe vera or Silvadene cream – to relieve sunburns