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Clean Feet Daily
It’s easy for our feet, just like the rest of our bodies, to pick up bacteria and fungus. Washing your feet with soap and water every day can help to remove these germs to prevent infections. Just remember to always dry your feet off thoroughly after bathing to reduce your risk for fungal infections. While you can do this at any time of the night, bathing and washing your feet in the evening could help you relax prior to bedtime.
Keep Feet Moisturized
You may notice that as you get older your skin also gets drier. While staying hydrated will certainly help to keep skin supple and moisturized, it’s also a good idea to apply a moisturizer to your feet to prevent cracking or broken skin (which can lead to infection). Once you’ve applied moisturizer to the feet it’s a good idea to cover the feet with socks made from breathable material such as cotton.
Trim Nails Properly
If you neglect to trim nails regularly you may find that long nails are prone to fungal infections and ingrown toenails. If you are able to trim nails yourself you will want to trim them so they are level with the tips of the toes (any lower and you could risk an ingrown toenail). Always trim nails straight across, never curve the edges of the nails. If you are having trouble trimming your own nails you can turn to a podiatrist for proper foot care.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
With all the changes that occur to your feet as you get older, it’s particularly important that you wear the proper footwear that will provide additional support and cushioning. It’s also important that you have your feet properly measured (best done in the afternoon when feet are at their largest due to swelling) and shoes fitted by a specialist. If you are dealing with blisters, calluses, and sore feet then you’ll want to talk with your podiatrist about getting different shoes or about getting custom orthotics/arch support.
Fungal infections, bunions and ingrown toenails can appear almost instantly, so having a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care and treatment can provide you with peace of mind. Talk with your podiatrist about how to keep your aging feet feeling young and healthy.
What are orthotics?
These specialized shoe inserts are a little different from the ones you can find at your local drugstore. Orthotics are special, custom-made shoe inserts designed and fabricated by your podiatrist to specifically fit your foot and its unique needs. There are many reasons why a podiatrist may recommend orthotics.
Sometimes orthotics are used to alleviate symptoms and improve common foot, leg, or even back problems, while other times your podiatrist may recommend them to improve the support and health of your feet to prevent problems in the first place.
Do I need orthotics?
Orthotics is just one way to treat foot and leg problems and your doctor may recommend orthotics if you are dealing with,
- Leg, hip, or back pain
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Plantar fasciitis
- Certain injuries to the foot or ankle
Orthotics can help people of all ages and backgrounds, from athletic kids and adults to those who are overweight and seniors. Feet continue to change as we get older, and as aches and pains set in, custom orthotics could be what you need to help make getting around as easy as it once was.
Types of Orthotics
There are many different kinds of materials that can be used to create orthotics. The type of condition you are dealing with will most likely help your podiatrist determine which material to use.
Orthotics range from soft and flexible to hard and rigid. Those with plantar fasciitis or diabetic feet are more likely to benefit from the cushioning and additional support of soft orthotics while athletes and those who often wear dress shoes are more likely to benefit from rigid orthotics.
If you are interested in orthotics and how they could help you, talk with your podiatrist to learn more.
Custom orthotics can alleviate foot, leg, and lower back pain by providing additional arch support, cushioning, and stability. Orthotics, also called orthoses, are devices that are inserted in the shoes to correct an irregular walking pattern. We offer custom orthotics at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellefontaine, where Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, or Dr. Melitta Simmons can help you decide if custom orthotics are right for you.
How Orthotics Help
Orthotics help correct irregular or abnormal walking patterns that can lead to pain in the feet, legs, knees, hips, and lower back. Orthotics help by providing additional stability, cushioning, and arch support. It is possible to purchase over-the-counter orthotics and they can provide some relief. However, for maximum cushioning, stability, and support, as well relief from pain, custom orthotics are best. Custom orthotics are made to fit your unique foot structure so they can correct a wider range of symptoms.
Custom orthotics help in the following ways:
- Improved alignment in the feet and lower extremities
- Reduced strain on the feet and ankles
- Relief from pain and discomfort
- Improved stability and balance
- Additional cushioning
- Better arch support
Types of Custom Orthotics
We offer three types of custom orthotics at our office in Bellefontaine. Our experienced podiatrists can recommend a custom orthotic that can best meet your needs.
- Rigid Orthotics reduce pain in the legs and lower back by correcting foot positioning when walking. Rigid custom orthotics can benefit patients with pain in the legs or lower back due to an irregular walking pattern.
- Semi-Rigid Orthotics provide stability and improve balance by correcting foot positioning and alignment. Semi-rigid custom orthotics can help athletes and patients with flat feet who need additional arch support.
- Soft Orthotics provide support, cushioning, and shock absorption, while alleviating pressure on the balls of the feet. Soft orthotics can benefit patients with arthritis in the feet and ankles, as well as patients with foot deformities or diabetes-related foot problems.
Custom orthotics might be just what you need if you are experiencing foot, leg, or lower back pain after walking or running. The podiatry professionals at our office in Bellefontaine can fit your for custom orthotics. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Anderson, Dr. Jennings, or Dr. Simmons, call Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists at (937) 599-3668 for the Bellefontaine office or at (937) 322-3346 for our Springfield location.