September is Healthy Aging Month – but it may not mean what you think. It’s not your typical “awareness month” when people are encouraged to learn more about specific illnesses and conditions. Healthy Aging Month is less about knowing what can go wrong and more about making things right. It’s about the positive steps older Americans can take to enjoy their “golden years.”

As you age, there’s plenty that can go wrong with your feet. But there’s also plenty you can do to help prevent common foot problems from happening! Here are 6 of our best recommendations:

  1. Exercise to keep your heart healthy. There’s a direct connection between heart disease and foot problems like poor circulation, numbness, pain, and swelling.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Eating well contributes to good heart health, saves your feet from the stress of supporting extra pounds, and helps you avoid diabetes.
  3. Update your shoes. Even if you’re on a limited income, some of the best dollars you can spend are those on quality shoes. Old, worn-out shoes may be comfortable, but they lack proper support and can encourage the growth of bacteria and fungi.
  4. Quit smoking. It’s poison to your feet just as it’s poison to your lungs.
  5. Don’t ignore foot pain. The longer something hurts, the harder it becomes to treat. Seek treatment for foot pain early.
  6. Visit us for regular care. Aging bodies may get harder to bend; aging eyes may not easily focus on feet. Your toenails can become thick and hard to trim. For all these reasons, you can come to us for regular, safe nail trimming.

Take these positive steps to help keep your feet in top shape. But we’re here to help if arthritis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, overlapping toes, bunions, hammertoes, hard corns, and calluses, or flat feet come calling. For all your foot and ankle needs, make an appointment with Clifton Foot & Ankle Center’s board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm. We welcome patients in Fairfax County and the greater D.C. area at our office in Centreville, Virginia. Call (703) 996-3000 or contact us online.

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