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It’s no secret that our bodies transform as reach middle age. Some changes are obvious, while others are more subtle. You may not be the only person who sees changes in your feet, but you’re the only person who feels them.
When you want superior care for your feet, look to the office of Scott T. Grodman, DPM. We are experts in our field and are at the forefront of podiatry treatments. You’ll receive care in a warm and pleasant environment as we examine all aspects of your condition and tell you about your treatment options.
Here’s a look at some changes that might come your way.
Flat feet happen when the tendons that support your arches fall due to obesity, high pressure, diabetes or an injury, and pain might ensue.
Older folks are more susceptible to ingrown toenails, when the side of a nail, typically the big toe’s, grows into the skin. Infection might follow. Nails that are seriously ingrown might have to be detached at the nail root.
Plantar fasciitis is the main reason why heels start to hurt and get stiff. Blame it on inflammation of the plantar fascia, a long ligament that runs along the sole of your foot and supports your arch. Risk elements include a tight Achilles tendon, tight calf muscles, fallen arches and repeated physical stress, such as jogging and running.
A bunion is abony bump that slowly grows on the joint at the base of your big toe and forces the toe inward. Women who wear tight, narrow high heels are susceptible to them. Surgery helps severe cases.
A hammertoe occurs when the joint becomes stuck in an upward position. Thus, its name. It can be painful and make walking difficult. With the toe rubbing against your shoes, a corn or callus may form on the top of the escalated joint.
Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of fluid-filled sacs called bursae that act as cushions near the joints between the bones and tendon/muscle insertion. With 33 joints in the foot, bursae can form in many areas. The irritations can be from direct pressure (tight shoes or high heels) or repetitive motion, and gout or arthritis makes it worse.
Never hesitate to see a podiatrist for a foot condition that causes you pain or concern.
At the office of Scott T. Grodman, DPM, our compassionate and immensely knowledgeable staff of professionals eagerly provide our patients with personal and superior care. Please call us today to schedule an appointment!