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Clean Feet Daily
It’s easy for our feet, just like the rest of our bodies, to pick up bacteria and fungus. Washing your feet with soap and water every day can help to remove these germs to prevent infections. Just remember to always dry your feet off thoroughly after bathing to reduce your risk for fungal infections. While you can do this at any time of the night, bathing and washing your feet in the evening could help you relax prior to bedtime.
Keep Feet Moisturized
You may notice that as you get older your skin also gets drier. While staying hydrated will certainly help to keep skin supple and moisturized, it’s also a good idea to apply a moisturizer to your feet to prevent cracking or broken skin (which can lead to infection). Once you’ve applied moisturizer to the feet it’s a good idea to cover the feet with socks made from breathable material such as cotton.
Trim Nails Properly
If you neglect to trim nails regularly you may find that long nails are prone to fungal infections and ingrown toenails. If you are able to trim nails yourself you will want to trim them so they are level with the tips of the toes (any lower and you could risk an ingrown toenail). Always trim nails straight across, never curve the edges of the nails. If you are having trouble trimming your own nails you can turn to a podiatrist for proper foot care.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
With all the changes that occur to your feet as you get older, it’s particularly important that you wear the proper footwear that will provide additional support and cushioning. It’s also important that you have your feet properly measured (best done in the afternoon when feet are at their largest due to swelling) and shoes fitted by a specialist. If you are dealing with blisters, calluses, and sore feet then you’ll want to talk with your podiatrist about getting different shoes or about getting custom orthotics/arch support.
Fungal infections, bunions and ingrown toenails can appear almost instantly, so having a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care and treatment can provide you with peace of mind. Talk with your podiatrist about how to keep your aging feet feeling young and healthy.
What are orthotics?
These specialized shoe inserts are a little different from the ones you can find at your local drugstore. Orthotics are special, custom-made shoe inserts designed and fabricated by your podiatrist to specifically fit your foot and its unique needs. There are many reasons why a podiatrist may recommend orthotics.
Sometimes orthotics are used to alleviate symptoms and improve common foot, leg, or even back problems, while other times your podiatrist may recommend them to improve the support and health of your feet to prevent problems in the first place.
Do I need orthotics?
Orthotics is just one way to treat foot and leg problems and your doctor may recommend orthotics if you are dealing with,
- Leg, hip, or back pain
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Certain injuries to the foot or ankle
Orthotics can help people of all ages and backgrounds, from athletic kids and adults to those who are overweight and seniors. Feet continue to change as we get older, and as aches and pains set in, custom orthotics could be what you need to help make getting around as easy as it once was.
Types of Orthotics
There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to create orthotics. The type of condition you are dealing with will most likely help your podiatrist determine which material to use.
Orthotics range from soft and flexible to hard and rigid. Those with plantar fasciitis or diabetic feet are more likely to benefit from the cushioning and additional support of soft orthotics while athletes and those who often wear dress shoes are more likely to benefit from rigid orthotics.
If you are interested in orthotics and how they could help you, talk with your podiatrist to learn more.
Foot-related disorders are often caused by lack of support and alignment in patients who spend a lot of time standing, walking, running, and lifting. A podiatrist can create custom orthotics for you to wear all day while working or when you’re exercising to give you the support that you need. If you’re having a problem with your feet, customized orthotic devices are available at Colorado Foot and Ankle in Colorado Springs, CO
How Are Orthotics Made?
Unlike the orthotics you can buy at a retail store, a custom orthotic is perfectly shaped to match the exact shape and size of your foot. Your doctor takes a plaster mold of your feet to use as a model for the orthotic devices. It will be custom-designed to add support and flexibility where needed. After a couple of weeks, you’ll return to the office to retrieve your new orthotics and immediately begin wearing them. Your doctor may also recommend that you wear orthopedic shoes during your healing process for extra comfort.
What They Can Do for You
Orthotics can make your life easier by relieving constant foot pain and helping you to walk properly. They can also reduce the appearance and effect of foot deformities. Here are some of the foot conditions that can be corrected with custom orthotics made by your Colorado Springs, CO, podiatrist:
- Bunion deformities.
- Flat-footedness (fallen arches).
- Plantar fasciitis and heel pain.
- Corns, calluses, and hammertoes.
- Ankle instability.
An Effective Non-Invasive Foot Therapy
If it is possible to correct a foot ailment without using surgery, that is the ideal course of action. You don’t have to worry about sedation or long weeks of recovery. By wearing a custom orthotic device, you can continue to participate in your usual activities while your feet are healing. Best of all, you can expect to finally feel some relief from pain in the feet, ankles, and even your lower back that’s caused by poor foot alignment and balance.
Get Help for Your Feet
It’s not always necessary to default to a surgical procedure to fix foot problems. See a podiatrist at Colorado Foot and Ankle in Colorado Springs, CO, for an evaluation and consultation. Call (719) 475-8080 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, or Dr. Jacob Fassman.