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Friday, 02 February 2018 01:15

UNDERSTANDING OUR FEET AS WE AGE

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As we age, the fat present on your feet begins to deteriorate. The protective nature of this fat keeps the feet healthy by providing a barrier and between your bones and the ground as well as giving the skin on the foot a certain amount of elasticity. This is one factor that causes elderly people to develop some serious foot issues.

Foot moisturizers can be helpful to avoid certain problems associated with foot fat deterioration. However, water-based moisturizers do not work as well for elderly people as they do for the young. Instead, it is more effective to use an emollient instead. An emollient is effective because it binds the water in the foot, keeping it from becoming absorbed too readily which will result in dry skin. 

If you can keep the skin on your feet healthy, this will substantially reduce the number of foot problems you will encounter in old age. Proper footwear is another way to keep feet healthy. Shoes that fit well and provide proper support help prevent ingrown toenails and fallen arches.

If you have any questions about ways to keep your feet healthy (at any age) reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 654-5566.

Friday, 02 February 2018 01:11

EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN YOUR ANKLES

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Do you roll your ankles often when participating in sports, exercises, or simply when running or walking? You may have weak ankles. Below are some helpful ways to help strengthen them! Furthermore, if you ever experience any ankle pain consult with your foot and ankle doctor to best determine the cause of the pain and the appropriate treatment.

  • Strength. Work on building your strength with some exercises like standing calf raises (lift yourself up on your toes for 15 reps) or heel walks (lift the front of your foot off the floor and balance on your heels - walk across the room).

  • Balance. Do exercises that appropriately challenge your balance. Try standing on one leg. Once that gets easy, close your eyes. Balancing improves proprioception.

  • Control. Never rush it! When your ankle feels strong enough, incorporate lateral and other sport-specific exercises. Simulating the athletic movements needed for your sport in a controlled environment is a great way to safely prepare your body.

If you have any questions about ways to strengthen your ankles, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media or give us a call: (631) 654-5566.



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