Aging feet develop more problems due to the wear and tear of joints over the course of many years. This can be problematic for many individuals, which is why your Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ, podiatrists, Drs. Michael Stegman and John Erotas, are here to help.
Aging leads to foot problems because our skin:
- Loses elasticity
- Becomes more dry
- More fragile.
Routine foot care can help avoid the development of diabetes and arthritis, which may affect foot health; healing may take longer for the elderly.
People experience more foot pain, which can be debilitating. Foot pain can be problematic for mobility, especially when someone wants to exercise to maintain their health and pursue social activities, especially as they age.
Signs of aging feet include:
- More regular aches and pains
- Developing bunions
- Signs of clawing of the toes
- General circulatory problems
How to Stay Healthy
Staying active helps keep feet healthy by:
- Toning up muscles
- Strengthening arches
- Stimulating blood circulation.
General Foot Care Advice from your Scottsdale and Sun City podiatrists
- Cutting toenails properly to prevent soreness, infections, ulcerations and ingrown toenails.
- Checking your feet daily and moisturizing them to prevent dryness of the soles, heels, and brittle toenails.
- Keeping feet warm, like wearing stockings, but make sure they're not too tight to avoid poor circulation and cramps.
The older you get, the more important it is to,
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting, supportive shoes that hold your foot firmly in place for adequate support
- Avoid wearing slippers since that will encourage feet to shuffle around
- A pair of running shoes for proper shock absorption, stability, and arch support
- Avoid plastic uppers that do not allow feet to breathe and stretch to accommodate your foot shape.
Managing your aging feet is important. If you have any questions or concerns about foot care, you should contact your Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ, podiatrists, Drs. Michael Stegman and John Erotas. They have the expertise to help figure out and treat your foot issues.
One foot problem that you certainly don’t want to reoccur is toenail fungus. It makes your toes smelly and unattractive. At its worse, it could cause the loss of a whole toenail, which may affect your ability to walk comfortably throughout the day. Find out how you can get control of chronic toenail fungus and reclaim your toe health with the help of a podiatrist at American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Sun City or Scottsdale, AZ.
The Causes of Toenail Fungus
If you are a swimmer or athlete you are more likely to develop toenail fungus. That’s because the fungus thrives in wet, warm places and is easily spread in these environments. Athletes spend a lot of time in sweaty sneakers, which is why they often have problems with fungus. Someone who already has athlete’s foot on the skin is more prone to getting a toenail fungus as well. People who share public showers without wearing protective shoes often develop toenail fungus.
When It's Chronic
If you apply an over-the-counter treatment for toenail fungus and it reoccurs soon after, you may have a chronic case. Sometimes the fungus comes back simply because you continue to do the same activities that caused the infection in the first place. In other cases, you just have a stubborn fungal infection that needs a more aggressive treatment by a Sun City or Scottsdale podiatrist.
Podiatric Treatment for Chronic Toenail Fungus
In cases of chronic toenail fungus, your podiatrist will likely recommend a prescription anti-fungal powder, spray, cream, or pill (or a combination of these). If needed, part of the infected nail may be debrided by your foot doctor. In addition to using the anti-fungal agent exactly as prescribed, you’ll need to do the following going forward:
- Properly clean and thoroughly dry your toenails each day.
- Dry your feet immediately after coming out of a pool or shower.
- Clip the nails regularly and neatly.
- Avoid sharing shoes and socks with others—wear clean ones daily.
Get Your Toenails Healthy Again
All it takes is one call to American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Sun City or Scottsdale, AZ to get help with chronic toenail fungus. A podiatrist can recommend a fast and effective treatment. Call today to set up a foot consultation with Dr. Michael Stegman or Dr. John Erotas.
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