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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
November 28, 2022
Category: senior foot care

As we enter the winter months, our lower extremities need more attention, and unfortunately, because our feet are hidden, they are most often forgotten about or overlooked. Our specialists at Feet First Foot Care LLC want to remind our senior patients to care for their feet with love and care through every stage of life. The foot-care routine we recommend for our senior patients is different than what we recommend for the rest of our patients. This is because every senior patient has a unique history, and therefore a unique treatment plan for their foot and ankle problems. In this blog article, we will myth bust senior foot care. 

Do: Inspect feet regularly. Look for cuts, redness, swelling, blisters, sores, and any changes to nails or skin. Featured on our website, is a patient education section where we share further tips and tricks for senior foot care!

Don’t: Put off getting foot pain evaluated. It’s not normal for your feet to hurt if you’re a senior. The sooner you are able to seek help and get treatment for foot and ankle discomfort, the better the chances are that more serious foot complications will not develop.

Do: Keep the blood flowing. As you get older, your blood circulation to your feet can be diminished. To encourage proper circulation:

  • When sitting, prop your feet up.
  • When sitting for extended periods, wiggle your toes occasionally.
  • Stretch daily.
  • Massage your feet regularly.

Don’t: Forget to moisturize! Seniors need to keep their feet moisturized to avoid itching, cracking, and calluses. Always use gentle soap and put on lotion after your bath or shower.

Do: Get regular foot checkups from your podiatrist. Your podiatrist can identify problems like hammertoe, bunions, neuromas, ingrown toenails, warts, or wounds before they turn into more serious problems.

Don’t: Let your feet sit in wet or cold shoes/socks. Make sure your feet aren’t moist before you put your shoes on and change your socks on a regular basis. We recommend to our senior patients in the winter to always wear warm, dry, and protective boots and to keep an extra pair of warm, dry socks handy if you go out.

To schedule an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas DPM, call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860)-632-5499 or visit our website for more information. 

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 22, 2019
Category: fall prevention

In May we celebrate Older Americans Month. At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, one of our goals is to educate our patients about the best ways to be proactive about their podiatric health. For senior patients, falls are a problem that can cause debilitating injuries like fractures and ankle sprains to the feet (or the rest of your body). You may be shocked to learn that every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall. Below are some fall risks you may have never thought about.

Foot Pain that’s Untreated—when your feet or ankles hurt, it can cause you to alter the way you walk to avoid the pain. This can throw you off balance and cause a trip or fall. This is why it’s essential that you don’t put off seeking treatment for foot pain or other symptoms like stiffness or numbness. If you are experiencing any discomfort in your lower extremities, contact our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499 so that our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas can diagnose your problem and prescribe the correct treatment.

Medication Changes—certain drugs or combinations of drugs can cause dizziness or lightheadedness. It’s a good idea to periodically review the complete list of medications you are taking with the pharmacist or doctor to find out if there are any negative interactions or side effects that could lead to a fall.

Neglecting Eye and Ear Checkups—poor vision or hearing loss will definitely contribute to your ability to navigate your environment safely. Follow your doctor’s recommended schedule of checkups and update prescriptions for glasses and/or hearing aids promptly.

Lack of Exercise—the less active you become, the more likely that joints will stiffen and range of motion in your knees and feet will decrease. This can cause you to stumble. In addition to your regular exercise regimen, consider a class that specifically focuses on building balance to further reduce your risk of falls.

Inadequate Lighting—stairways that are dim or hallways you need to use at night to get to the bathroom should all be properly lit so that you can see clearly – even at night.

Worn Out Shoes—shoes that are stretched out or have holes or worn treads can be a tripping hazard. Toss shoes when they no longer fit properly.

Preventing falls is just one way to protect your foot health. If you have questions about other foot care issues, contact us today.



 








 

 

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