Thanksgiving is about more than feasting and football; it's also a time to show appreciation for those who have shaped our lives the most. So, as we gather around the table with loved ones, it's crucial to remember our seniors.
At CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, we understand the importance of independence. Our senior patients value the ability to maintain an active lifestyle, but without proper foot care, they often find themselves unable to do so. Seniors have been on their feet longer than the rest of us, so this year, we've devoted a blog post to their unique podiatric needs.
What to Watch For
Unfortunately, foot care problems become likelier and more difficult to treat with age. Common podiatric issues can prevent seniors from cooking in the kitchen, after meal walks, or enjoying playtime with their grandchildren on Thanksgiving Day.
Seniors and their loved ones should be on the lookout for:
- Circulatory disorders like PAD or Raynaud's disease, which inhibit mobility and an active lifestyle.
- Painful problems with bone density and arthritis, common to seniors and disabling if neglected.
- Diabetic complications, a threat for seniors with weakened immune systems.
Show Your Gratitude
Seniors are at increased risk for foot health problems, but with your help, they'll be walking tall, stuffing down stuffing, and putting their feet up for a happy holiday.
To manage and protect senior feet, try:
- Custom orthotics increase stability and balance, fix alignment, and help evenly distribute weight to prevent pain.
- Stretching and physical therapy can be transformative for seniors, especially when it comes to circulation problems.
- Checkups! Prevention is the best medicine, and regular consultations with our podiatrists will help you treat any problems before they become serious.
If a senior you love suffers from any of the conditions above, please contact Dr. Hubert Lee and his team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, to schedule a visit. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936. We're grateful for all our patients and wish you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!