Flat feet are one of the most common reasons that cause foot discomfort. Flat feet are generally associated with pronation, a leaning inward of the ankle bones toward the center line. It can progress over time leading to tendonitis, heel pain and other foot and ankle deformities. Left untreated, it may lead to severe disability and chronic pain.
High arches may not cause any pain or discomfort, but they can increase your risk of a variety of foot ailments. So it’s important to get them checked out. People with high arches frequently develop:
corns and calluses
difficulty finding shoes
Falls are the leading cause of injury leading to death among older adult. Fall-related hip fractures account for approximately 25% of injuries leading to death among those over age 65, and 34% among those 85 or older. Fall related injuries occur more commonly than strokes and are the most preventable cause of nursing home placement. If you have difficulty walking and/or maintaining balance, history of falls, vestibular (inner ear issues) disorder, chronic ankle instability, arthritic ankles, stroke imbalance/foot drop, diabetic peripheral neuropathy you should be evaluated for balance. Treatments can include simple shoe recommendations, strengthening exercises, physical therapy, other physician referrals, and or braces.
It may seem simple, but trimming your nails can be dangerous if you have poor circulation or diabetes. Neuropathy (or loss of feeling) is common in those with diabetes. You may not notice if you nick yourself. Having a podiatrist trim your nails can also help prevent ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can become irritated and infected. Because diabetes and poor circulation can affect your ability to heal properly, a small wound or ingrown could become a severe issue.
CORNS AND CALLUSES
Calluses and corns are part of the body’s natural defense system, designed to protect the skin against repeated friction and pressure. However, most people find them to be an uncomfortable nuisance.
They tend to be more common in the elderly population and if left untreated could lead to wounds or infection.