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As individuals age, the importance of proper foot care becomes increasingly evident. However, older people often face unique challenges in maintaining good foot health. Reduced mobility and flexibility can make it difficult for seniors to attend to their feet regularly. Conditions such as arthritis can further impede their ability to perform basic foot care tasks like trimming nails or inspecting for cuts and sores. Additionally, age-related changes in skin and circulation increase the risk of developing foot problems such as corns, calluses, and infections. Furthermore, chronic health conditions like diabetes can exacerbate these issues, as diabetic neuropathy may diminish sensation in the feet, making it harder to feel injuries or wounds. Lack of awareness about the importance of foot care and its relationship to overall health also contributes to neglect in this area. If you or a loved one is elderly, it is suggested that an appointment with a podiatrist is scheduled who can provide you with effective foot care tips and treatment.

If you need your feet checked, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS of Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Foot Health and General Wellness

Good foot health is integral to overall well-being. Podiatrists play a vital role in maintaining both foot and general health. These doctors diagnose and treat various foot conditions, such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, and ingrown toenails, preventing further complications. Podiatrists also address systemic issues like diabetes and arthritis, which often manifest in the feet. By providing custom orthotics, they improve biomechanical alignment, reducing pain and enhancing mobility. Regular foot examinations by a podiatrist can detect early signs of systemic diseases, facilitating timely intervention. Additionally, podiatrists offer education on foot care practices and footwear selection, promoting preventive measures for optimal foot health. If you have problems or concerns about your foot health, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a consultation and any treatment that is deemed necessary.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS from Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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A diabetic foot wound refers to an open sore or ulcer that develops on the foot of individuals with diabetes, typically due to a combination of factors including neuropathy, poor circulation, and impaired wound healing. Neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, causes nerve damage that diminishes sensation in the feet, making individuals less aware of injuries or pressure points that can lead to wounds. Poor circulation, another consequence of diabetes, reduces blood flow to the feet, hindering the delivery of oxygen and nutrients necessary for wound healing. These factors, coupled with compromised immune function, increase the risk of infections and slow the healing process. Symptoms of diabetic foot wounds may include redness, swelling, warmth, drainage, and foul odor. Recognizing these signs is crucial for prompt intervention and prevention of complications such as infections and amputations. If you have diabetes and have developed a foot wound, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with the proper wound care.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS from Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sports activities are a way people express their love for moving, playing, and competing. Many kids and teens take part in sports, but because sports involve a lot of physical activity injuries can happen. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of all injuries in kids and teenagers occur during sports. However, younger kids are generally less likely to get injured than older teenagers. The kind of foot injuries kids can get depend on the sport being played. The risk also depends on how hard the child plays. Some sports, like swimming, have a lower risk of foot injury. Others, such as ball sports, have a medium risk. And some, like riding or ice skating, have a high risk. Each sport has its typical types of injuries. The lower part of the body is more likely to get injured in sports like soccer, skiing, and running. If your child has incurred a foot injury from sports or from anything else, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS of Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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