Geriatricians are “among a small number of medical specialties decreasing in size even as the need increases,” as reported by the New York Times. Geriatricians are important because they are podiatrists who specialize in the specific care of elderly patients. The recent report suggests however that geriatrics is becoming a less popular field, but projections indicate that the need for the field will increase years from now. Elderly patients should see their podiatrist or geriatrician on a regular basis to maintain proper foot care.
If you need your feet checked, see Dr. Jordan Rachlin of New York. Our doctor will treat your growing feet in addition to other podiatric-related needs.
Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and even rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.
It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseases can affect your overall health and having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.
Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or anything else that may seem irregular.
Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. So wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.
Lastly, good foot health means you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health can also lead to good circulation which is paramount to overall health.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Monroe, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.