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Facing Foot Problems in Senior Years

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Happy New Year!It’s a brand new year, when we look forward to new events, but the years past still hold so much to see and learn. The Stoudt Gallery, for instance, will be holding its “Florence Starr Taylor’s Legacy” exhibition until January 16th, featuring works from this prominent part of Lancaster History. The years also affect our feet, however, and can bring a number of senior foot problems with us as we go.

Many foot conditions tend to become more common through the later years of life, as years of stress and wear begin to take their toll. Here are a few to watch out for:

  • Toenail Issues – It can become more difficult to properly care for toenails in later years, and conditions such as ingrown nails and fungal infections can become more prominent.
  • Bunions – This bump is formed by the shifting of the big toe joint, and is most frequently seen in women.
  • Hammertoes – The curling up of joints of the toes, which can lead to painful irritation or even dislocation.
  • Calluses and Corns – Thick patches of dead skin caused by friction against the foot.
  • Nerve ProblemsNeuropathy in the feet can cause tingling and painful sensations in the feet or, more dangerously, no sensation at all when a wound or sore develops.

Some of these conditions may have already existed for years, but that doesn’t mean nothing can be done now to treat or manage them. Conservative measures such as custom-made orthotics and physical therapy programs can help maintain senior foot care, which can go a long way toward increasing one’s mobility and independence later in life.

For advice and help with senior foot care, call on the doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle. We have locations in Hanover, Lancaster, Lititz and York to serve the full community. Schedule an appointment with us by dialing (717) 757-3537.

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