As we age our feet can actually become an early warning system for the rest of our body. Several diseases and disorders that affect the whole body, such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory issues may first show signs in your feet. At Long Island Foot & Ankle Group, PC we want our senior patients to pay attention to their feet and also learn how to best protect them.
Staying Ahead of Your Feet--one of the most important things you can do for your feet as a senior is to examine them on a daily basis. Ask yourself the following questions: Do I notice any numbness or lack of sensation in my feet? Are there any changes in the temperature or color of my skin, any rashes, blisters or sores? Do my feet look misshapen or do I notice anything unusual about my toes? Are there any lumps, bumps, bruises or swelling that wasn’t there the last time I checked? Being aware of even small changes in your feet and reporting them to our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Russell Caprioli, Dr. Mary Ann Bilotti, Dr. John Haight or Dr. Marzana Mleczko can help diagnose foot and systemic diseases and disorders early on. This may mean more successful treatment and less chance of serious disability.
Getting Treatment—did you know that a major reason for senior falls is foot pain? If your feet are hurting you naturally try to compensate and keep pressure off the painful part. This in turn can cause you to alter how you walk or throw off your balance and cause a devastating tumble. If you are having a problem with your ankles, toes or feet don’t put off contacting our Valley Stream or Lake Success office. The problem is not likely to get better on its own and may get a whole lot worse! To make an appointment, call: (516) 825-4070 or (516) 327-0074.