It’s essential to take good care of your feet as you get older to maintain your overall health. Many conditions like peripheral artery disease and diabetes often first show symptoms in the feet and ankles. Having regular visits with your foot doctor can help identify foot and ankle problems before they worsen and can help to avoid pain, discomfort and the need for surgery in the future.
Age-related foot and ankle problems include the following:
- Fungal and ingrown toenails – Toenails often thicken and become more brittle with age which makes them harder to trim causing ingrown toenails and fungal toenail infections.
- Tendons and ligament damage – Your tendons and ligaments lose strength and flexibility as they wear out causing tendonitis, ankle sprains and strains.
- Arthritis – The main joint of the big toe and the ankle joint are two areas often affected first by arthritic conditions.
- Balance and coordination problems – Complications from diabetes and other illnesses can weaken the ankles and lead to falls. Custom foot and ankle orthotics increase stability and help prevent falls.
- Skin ailments – Skin lesions are more common as we age and you should always have them checked by your foot doctor to rule out foot cancer. Cracked heels, corns and calluses are also more common as you get older.
If you need help treating your old feet and ankles, contact your podiatrist for the optimum care. 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.