As you get older, you will tend to develop more problems with your feet and ankles. In fact, a variety of conditions that affect your whole body often first show symptoms in your feet and ankles. Making regular visits to your foot doctor is a great way to take care of your feet and to catch the onset of problems like diabetes and peripheral artery disease.
Three of the many problems with your feet and ankles that often increase as you get older include the following:
- Arthritis—There are several types of arthritis that can cause inflammation and stiffness in your feet and ankles. Often the joints of the big toe are among the first to be severely affected, as well as the joints of the ankle. Arthritis can also increase the severity of toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes.
- Swelling—As you get older vascular and hormonal issues can cause fluid retention in the feet and ankles. Varicose veins and peripheral artery disease often contribute to swelling in the feet and ankles.
- Skin and toenail problems—Skin lesions become more frequent with age, and you should always have them checked by your podiatrist to rule out skin cancer. Fungal toenails, corns, and cracked heels are also more likely to occur with age.
Foot and ankle problems can be hard to properly diagnose and treat, so be sure to have a complete evaluation by your foot doctor. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.