They say that with age comes wisdom. Anyone over the age of 50 or so knows that with age come mysterious ailments as well! At Clifton Foot & Ankle Center in Centreville, Virginia, we want our senior patients to know what mysteries may lie ahead in terms of foot and ankle health. After decades of literally bearing our weight, our lower limbs are prone to the following kinds of problems:
High cholesterol, high blood pressure, or a family history of heart disease can have an effect on your blood vessels including the ones that are located far from the heart. These distant vessels, called peripheral, may narrow as we age. Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, can cause foot pain and lack of healing.
Accidents, injuries, or repeated pressure from years of standing and walking can eventually take their toll on the many nerves in your feet. If you notice any tingling or numbness in your feet, report it to our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm.
Both circulation and nerve issues in the feet may indicate a larger problem – diabetes.
Years of wear and tear can cause arthritis – loss of protective cartilage – in your feet and ankles. Arthritis symptoms include a stiff joint, difficulty bending a joint, or swelling in and around a joint. Dr. Wilhelm can help ease the pain of arthritis with custom orthotics, medications, and restorative surgery.
A bunion is a toe deformity that progresses slowly and over many years. As you age, you may notice your big toe slanting inward. The bone at the base of your big toe begins to jut outward. Eventually, it may become difficult to wear shoes and even to walk. Treatment for bunions includes special padding and shoes, orthotics, and bunion surgery.
A weakening of the bones can happen to both men and women over time. The first sign of osteoporosis is often a foot fracture.
Growing older may mean pain cropping up in new places, but you don’t have to let it slow you down. See a podiatrist for numbness, pain, or other changes that bother you anywhere in your feet and ankles. In northern Virginia, make an appointment for expert senior foot care with Dr. Wilhelm by calling (703) 996-3000. You can also click here to contact us online.