There are many among us who assume that aches and pains are a part of getting older. We here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists urge you to dispel this ‘knowledge’ and seek out medical treatment for any persistent pains, especially in your feet. Chronic pains that you may think are a normal process of aging can often be resolved with the proper care. Too often we see foot problems that are the result of poor shoe choices or neglect of simple, fixable problems. Little problems in your feet can create bigger problems in your knees, hips, and back as your body attempts to compensate from instability. Regular visits with your Austin podiatrist and routine care can keep you happily moving about no matter what your age.
As we age, regular foot care becomes more and more important. It has become an important part of fall prevention. Falls can occur for a number of reasons that become more common as we age. Because falls can cause fractures, organ damage, or any number of injuries that often lead to long, expensive hospital stays, it is beneficial to do everything you can to prevent them from occurring. We have made fall prevention one of the many services we are able to provide at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. A thorough assessment of your foot structure, balance, & stability will give us the information to prescribe proper bracing or footwear. When muscle imbalance or weakness are found on physical exam, several weeks of physical or occupational therapy can do a lot to keep you healthy and on your feet.
Between regular visits to your healthcare provider, there are simple things you can do to keep your feet pain free. Measure your feet every time your purchase new shoes. Your feet can swell later in the day and different manufacturer’s sizes fit a little differently, so try them on for comfort before making a purchase. Wash your feet with mild soaps and lukewarm water daily. Take the time to inspect your feet as you apply lotion to the bottom and top, avoiding putting any between your toes. Lastly, keep walking. Walking has many benefits to your lungs, heart, and circulation as well as keeping your legs and feet strong. Resolve to stay mobile this year!
Until next time, prevent falls by keep those feet and ankles happy Austin!