What You Need to Know About Aging Feet

Our feet will carry us around 110,000 miles throughout our life – that’s over 216,000 steps! It’s certainly no wonder that as we age, our feet begin to experience challenges. Because September is Healthy Aging Month, today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding what you need to know about your feet as you age.

Examples of the most common foot issues for the elderly include the following: 

Arthritis: Osteoarthritis can affect various joints, and the feet are no exception. Women are more at risk for the condition as they age.

Additional risk factors include:

  • Past injury to the ankle or foot;
  • Obesity;
  • Bunions;

Gout: This condition is an autoimmune disease that can cause excruciating pain and discomfort due to amassed acid crystals surrounding a joint, most often in the big toe.

Dry Skin: When left untreated, dry skin on the feet can cause discomfort when walking and allow bacteria to form, raising the possibility of an infection. Moisturizing your feet regularly before the skin becomes cracked often helps.

Flat Feet: Flat feet produces swelling and pain within the inner ankle and the arch of the foot. In some cases, it also causes these symptoms, upward through the lower back, knee, and hip. It can cause a senior to have stability and balance issues and increase the possibility of sprains in the ankles and feet.

Toenail Changes: As we age, toenails often get thicker and become more brittle, making them more difficult to clip. They also often develop ridges and cracks and change in color.

Condensed Achilles Tendon: The Achilles tendon can lose water in the aging process, which can shorten them and make them more susceptible to tears or ruptures, substantially less flexible, and create a flat-footed gait.

Make the first step to improving the foot health of your senior loved one! Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

8 Reasons to Take Proper Care of Your Feet

In life, every step counts. Your feet allow you to carry on with your daily activities. Caring for them can sometimes be challenging, but today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding eight reasons why you should take proper care of your feet.

Being aware of how these health conditions can affect your feet will help you keep them healthy and happy.

  1. Diabetes. Diabetes can cause several different foot complications, including neuropathy (that can sometimes result in amputation) and poor circulation.
  2. Arthritis. Arthritis can present itself in several ways, but it’s usually painful, and it can be debilitating. When arthritis attacks your feet, there can eventually be a loss of mobility. It is crucial you visit a podiatrist if you experience the following symptoms:
  • Painful joints;
  • Swollen joints;
  • Difficulty moving a joint;
  • Redness on the joint;
  • Stiffness early in the day;
  • Changes in the skin.
  1. Injury. Ankle and foot injuries, including sprains, fractures, and strains, can cause a loss of support in your feet. Make an appointment with a podiatrist if you have pain or swelling in your feet or ankles or if you experience difficulty walking.
  1. Obesity. Research reveals that more than one-third of Americans are obese. This extra weight puts added pressure on ankles, hips, and knees, leading to more wear and tear on your feet.
  1. Tendon and Muscle Issues. Tendons, bones, and muscles, aid your feet in carrying your weight. If a muscle or tendon in your foot or ankle is injured, even the simple act of walking can become painful.
  2. Skin Disorders. The list of skin disorders are long, but certain skin conditions can result in significant health problems. See a podiatrist if the following skin issues develop:
  1. Toe Joint and Nerve Problems: Pain and numbness – when located in the joints of the toes – can cause a hammertoe, neuroma, or bunions.
  2. Toenail Issues. While they may seem like the least of your worries, toenail issues can cause significant discomfort from toenail fungus or ingrown toenails.

Keep your feet healthy by seeing a podiatrist if you experience any of these issues. Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

Is It Athlete’s Foot or Psoriasis?

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, and the condition is often confused with athlete’s foot. But they are two very different conditions. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists discusses how you can distinguish between the two.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the skin cells to grow more quickly than normal, making them accumulate on the skin instead of flaking off. The extra skin cells change into scales or white-silver thick patches that are often itchy, painful, and dry. The condition is typically genetic.

On the other hand, athlete’s foot develops when fungal cells on the skin begin to grow and multiply too quickly. It commonly develops in body areas that are disposed to moisture, such as between the toes.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot and Psoriasis

The two conditions have some symptoms in common, but they also have some important differences.

For instance, patches of psoriasis can be large and cover large areas of your body or small and cover just a few tiny areas of skin. Because it’s an autoimmune disease, it isn’t contagious.

Because athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus, it is contagious. You can contract it by coming into contact with infected surfaces, like shoes, gym floors, and clothing.

Tips For Telling The Difference Between Athlete’s Foot And Psoriasis

These points may help you distinguish between athlete’s foot and psoriasis.

  • Affected body areas: If only your foot is affected, you likely have athlete’s foot.
  • Response to antifungal treatment: If the rash doesn’t disappear, you may be dealing with psoriasis or some other issue.
  • Response to no treatment: Psoriasis may be active for a short time, and then the symptoms may vanish. Athlete’s foot rarely goes away without treatment.
  • Diagnosis with testing: The only way to be sure if your symptoms are caused by psoriasis or athlete’s foot or (or something else), is to have a skin test.

If your condition is diagnosed as athlete’s foot, treatment will likely be quick and easy; but if it is psoriasis, treatment will be more involved. Regardless of which condition you are experiencing, you should be treated by an experienced podiatrist. Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists ASAP at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.