Thoughtful Gifts for Senior Feet

Giving gifts has been an essential part of holiday celebrations for generations. At times, though, it can be challenging to find that perfect gift. This can be particularly true of the seniors in our lives because it can feel like they already have everything they could ever want or need. This holiday season, items to help the seniors in your life care for their feet might be the perfect gift. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some ideas.

Senior feet require a lot of loving care for many reasons. For one, as we age circulation is not as robust, muscles, and connective tissues begin to weaken, bones start to get thinner, and seniors become more vulnerable to serious diseases that affect the feet, such as diabetes.

Taking special care of the lower limbs helps prevent serious problems from occurring, and allows seniors to maintain their flexibility and mobility. Some simple items can help seniors care for their feet – and they can make great holiday gifts too!

Great Holiday Gifts For Seniors

  • Socks: Kids may not like getting socks on Christmas morning, but for a senior who suffers from poor circulation, a nice, thick pair can make the difference between toasty and icy toes. Synthetic or woolen socks with moisture-absorbing properties are the best choice because they help draw perspiration away from the skin.
  • Slippers: Slippers that have thick soles that provide support can also help keep feet warm, especially for those who have diabetes. Thick, sturdy soles can help protect the feet from stepping on something sharp, and for someone with diabetes, this is vital for helping prevent injuries such as ulcers.
  • Pampering: There are also many other gift ideas that do not include footwear. It becomes more challenging to keep skin moisturized as we age, so that a good nourishing foot cream could be a useful gift. Treating their feet to some footbath crystals are another great idea.

Help the seniors in your life stay strong on their feet in their golden years. For more information regarding proper senior foot care, or to schedule an appointment, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today.

Is There a Cure for Morton’s Neuroma of the Foot?

If you have ever felt pain in the ball of your foot, someone may have suggested that Morton’s neuroma could be the cause. In addition, while there are a number of other potential causes for pain, Morton’s neuroma is one of the most common. Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists finds that patients often get frustrated because relief from the pain can take a significant amount of time.

What Is Morton’s Neuroma of the Foot?

In simple terms, it is an inflamed nerve on the bottom of the foot, between the 3rd and 4th toes. Beginning as simple inflammation, it can cause scar tissue to form around the nerve, and in some cases, the nerve can become enlarged.

This nerve is especially sensitive to too much pressure on the foot and frequently occurs in women who often wear high heels and snug-fitting shoes. Symptoms of this condition can include swelling, pain, tingling, numbness, and or a burning sensation. Some patients claim that it feels like walking on a rolled-up sock.

What Are Non-Surgical Treatment Options?

Treatments differ according to the severity of the condition; some include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation;
  • Cushioning the ball of the foot;
  • Arch supports to align the foot and remove the pressure on the nerves;
  • Medications that decrease inflammation and pain;
  • Injection therapy using alcohol.

Morton’s neuroma usually reacts well to more of these more conservative treatments, and surgery can be effective for situations that are more resistant.

Is There a Cure for Morton’s Neuroma?

Like most medical conditions, particular treatments are successful for some patients but not for others. The most important part of treating Morton’s Neuroma correctly is to ensure that the diagnosis is correct and that another condition is not causing the pain. Hammertoes and bunions also transfer weight onto the bottom of the foot and can cause inflammation of the nerves.

The best treatment chosen will be based on your particular lifestyle and the unique requirements of your feet, but the primary key to recovery is to seek experienced care from a foot doctor before the problem develops into a chronic condition, or in some cases, even becomes permanent.

To learn more about Morton’s neuroma and determine if it is causing your foot pain, contact our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, in Bellevue, WA today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation. Your feet will thank you for it!

 

Can Custom Orthotics Ease Your Foot Pain?

If your feet are constantly aching, you may be wondering if store-bought nonprescription inserts can help. In some cases, it might, but depending on your particular problem, you might need orthotics instead. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing what you need to know to make a decision.

The inserts purchased in stores without a prescription can offer some support. They are typically constructed of materials such as plastic, foam or gel and are designed to fit inside shoes, but they are not custom-made. In addition, while inserts might make your shoes feel more comfortable, they are not intended to correct foot problems.

How Are Orthotics Different?

Custom orthotics are prescription devices that are worn inside shoes to correct foot problems. They can also ease foot pain caused by medical issues such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and diabetes and flat feet.

During an appointment, your podiatrist will take 3-dimensional pictures of each foot and conduct a comprehensive exam. If you do need orthotics, your podiatrist will capture the structure of your feet using plaster casts to achieve a perfect fit. When ready, they turn into rigid or soft orthotics.

Types of Orthotics

Rigid orthotics are constructed from materials like carbon fiber or plastic and are best for dress shoes that have a closed toe and low heel or walking shoes. They are specifically designed to relieve aching feet and soreness in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft orthotics are made from soft compression materials and provides support to take pressure off painful spots from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or diabetic-related foot problems. There are also special orthotics specifically designed for sporting equipment such as ice skates and ski boots.

While orthotics cost more than inserts, keep in mind that you’re also getting a medical assessment of any foot problems, a customized fit, and high-quality materials that will last for several years (with proper care). In addition, since orthotics are prescription medical devices, your insurance company might help cover the cost.

Not every patient will need custom orthotics – in some cases; a proper, supportive shoe may be all that is required to relieve or prevent pain.  Based on your diagnosis by Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, a custom orthotic may be an excellent treatment for what is ailing your feet.  Call our office today at

(425) 455-0936 or schedule an appointment online.