Is It Time for Your Older Loved One To See a Podiatrist?


If you’re like most people, when you were younger you couldn’t wait to grow up so you could do anything you wanted. And while aging might not be as fun as you had imagined, there are still many ways to enjoy it. It all starts with your health, so today Dr. William Buffone of North Fork Podiatry/Three Village Podiatry is sharing important information regarding foot health for seniors.

Your foot health is key to keeping you independent and mobile, which allows you to do the activities you love. So you’ll be able to enjoy every opportunity possible, we’re taking look at when it’s time for your older loved ones to visit a podiatrist.

It’s worth noting that as with patients of any age, seniors should visit a podiatrist as soon as they become aware of any ankle or foot problem. Early treatment is always best for optimum recovery and healing. Allowing a problem to go untreated can lead to an unnecessary loss of functionality and an increase in pain.

Here are four reasons it’s time for a senior to see a podiatrist.

1. Help in creating an exercise program. The benefits of exercise are countless, including the treatment of arthritis. Before starting an exercise program, however, it is best to seek the counsel of trained medical professionals to ensure that you and your feet are ready for a boost in physical activity!

2. Toenail upkeep. Many seniors develop ingrown toenails due to improper trimming practices. While this can certainly cause discomfort, it also paves the way for various infections. A podiatrist can help by sharing instructions regarding proper toenail trimming procedures and providing toenail trimming services for those who are unable to do it themselves.

3. Hygiene training. A podiatrist can also provide information regarding how to prevent toenail fungus and properly washing your feet for optimum health.

4. Diabetic foot careDiabetes is a condition that affects the body in a variety of ways. But it’s a serious mistake to ignore the effects it can have on your feet. A condition called Charcot foot and diabetic foot ulcers are two major reasons that diabetic foot care is essential.

Dr. William Buffone of North Fork Podiatry/Three Village Podiatry offers comprehensive foot care services for patients of all age. If you or a loved one is reaching an advanced age and need help to keep feet healthy, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

You can reach Three Village Podiatry at (631) 474-3338, North Fork Podiatry (Southold) at (631) 765-6777 or North Fork Podiatry (Riverhead) at (631) 419-7107 today or schedule your appointment online.