Tips for Avoiding Common Foot Problems in the Elderly

As we get older, many people begin to think more about their overall health, but often forget about their feet. But the truth is that if your feet aren’t healthy, you can find yourself housebound, immobile or even worse. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is explaining why foot care for the elderly should be a priority.

Common Foot Problems Experienced by Seniors

Conditions that range from bunions to hammertoes and even problems due to diabetes can become more common as we age.

Some of the most common issues include:

 

These conditions can affect mobility, and when combined with other agility issues, they can render you immobile for extended periods. You may even find yourself in a wheelchair or on a scooter.

Foot Care for Seniors

Foot problems in seniors can occur in any part of the foot. As a person ages, it can become more challenging for them to maintain their foot health, and as their caregiver, you may need to step in and help.

If you notice yellowing, or they complain about a burning sensation in their feet, you should make an appointment with your podiatrist to make sure these are not complications from diabetes or other serious conditions.

After you’ve determined there are no serious issues, use this checklist to avoid elderly foot problems:

  • Elevate their feet while seated using a footstool;
  • Always dry feet thoroughly;
  • Wear properly-fitting shoes and socks;
  • Keep toenails trimmed;
  • Regularly apply lotion to the feet.

Toenails that are not trimmed properly for seniors is also important because it can result in an ingrown toenail or an infection. And when trimming the toenails, do it in a well-lit area after your loved one has taken a shower or bath making it easier to cut their nails.

Lastly, disregarding foot pain in the elderly can be an indication of a more serious condition. If your loved one is suffering from foot pain, take them to their podiatrist as soon as possible.

Having healthy feet is a crucial component to enjoying a good quality of life as one ages. Keeping your feet – or those of your loved ones – isn’t difficult. It just takes a little planning and maintenance.

For more tips on how to care for elderly feet, call Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.  To schedule your appointment online, click here.

7 New Year’s Resolutions to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. A popular one is to start taking better care of our health. And while this is a great idea, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists finds that most people make the mistake of not thinking about foot health until they have a problem.

However, as any podiatrist would tell you, keeping your feet healthy is beneficial to your overall health. They can be an indication of what is going on with the rest of your body, ranging from poor posture to diminished blood circulation.

Today we’re sharing seven resolutions to get – and maintain – healthier feet in 2019.

  1. Exercise. Many people don’t realize how much working out can impact the health of their feet. Walking, which is one of the simplest forms of exercise, works miracles for keeping your feet in shape. Healthy feet are essential for people who play sports or work on their feet all day.
  2. Watch what you eat. What you eat affects your body, and that includes your feet. To keep your feet healthy, cut back on foods that cause inflammation in the body, such as sugar and artificial trans fats.
  3. Stick to a daily foot care routine. Each night before bed, cleanse your feet and put on moisturizer to help prevent dryness.
  4. Put an end to foot pain. If your feet are bothering you on a regular basis, it is time to visit your podiatrist. In many cases, foot pain is the result of the interaction between your way of walking and your footwear. The first step in relieving your discomfort is to see your podiatrist.
  5. Switch out your athletic shoes every six months. Even the best athletic shoe will lose its capacity to provide proper support for your feet over time. If you continue, wearing them when they’re worn out can affect the alignment of your foot and put you at a higher risk for sports-related injuries.
  6. Limit time spent wearing flip-flops and high heels. When you wear flip-flops, your feet are not getting any support, and the open design leaves your feet vulnerable to infections and injury. On the other hand, high heels force your feet into a very unnatural position that can affect the structure of the foot resulting in corns, calluses, and bunions, among other things. Wearing them once in a while is fine, but try to wear protective and supportive shoes most of the time.
  7. Make sure you’re wearing the correct size shoe. Wearing the wrong size shoe is estimated to result in up to 80 percent of foot problems. Next time you purchase shoes, have your foot measured to ensure that you are buying the correct size.

Unfortunately, often foot care is overlooked. Following these foot care resolutions can help prevent foot pain from occurring. If you are experiencing chronic foot pain – or any other issue with your feet or ankles, call Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.

 

An Exciting New “Fix” for Achilles Tendinitis and Plantar Fasciitis

Foot problems cannot only be incapacitating, but they can also be quite frustrating at times. Many sufferers have tried everything from corticosteroid injections to acupuncture only to find temporary relief from their pain. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing news about a new treatment for common foot problems.

Plantar fasciitis affects more than one million people each year, and Achilles tendinitis plagues many runners and athletes. There is now a new treatment option called Amnio-Fix to help patients recover.

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding the Amnio-Fix injection:

  • What is Amnio-Fix? Amnio-Fix is a human-derived composite tissue membrane that is made from donated tissue. It is taken from healthy, consenting mothers who have had cesarean sections. Once the tissue has been cleaned, sterilized, and dehydrated, it is blended with sterile saline to produce an injectable mixture that possesses amazing healing capabilities.
  • Is it Safe? There have been no accounts of serious side effects or complications to date. Patients may face some minor discomfort near the injection site for up to three days, but it can be managed using ice and elevation to reduce any swelling.
  • How Does Amnio-Fix Differ from Other Treatments? An Amnio-Fix injection is different from platelet-rich plasma injections and corticosteroid injections because it helps regenerate damaged tissue.

Corticosteroid shots are typically administered after other conventional treatments methods fail, but they only mask the pain, so the cause remains unresolved. Moreover, platelet-rich plasma injections do not possess the growth factors needed for tissue regeneration.

  • Is There Any Research About its Effectiveness?

A study published in Foot & Ankle International found that a single injection of Amnio-Fix generated significant improvement in plantar fasciitis symptoms within one week of treatment. Over the course of the trial (which lasted 8 weeks) patients exhibited improvements in terms of pain levels and function.

Comparable findings were presented in the Journal of Sports Medicine regarding the usage of amniotic tissue to treat plantar fasciitis.

If you are experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936. To schedule a consultation to learn more about treatment using Amnio-Fix injections.