Regain a Youthful Spring in Your Step: 3 Ways for Tired, Aging Feet to Feel Young Again
Posted by Jenn F. on Monday, June 30th, 2014
A trip to the foot spa is a great way to rejuvenate the feet at the onset of summer, when you’ll be spending more time in sandals. But what can you do when the basic sloughing off of dead skin and buffing of the nails doesn’t cut it? Thousands of Americans suffer from some sort of foot issue, whether painful or just plain unsightly. The likelihood of developing a foot health problem generally increases with age. With offices in Manhattan and Westchester NY, The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine offers treatments that can make older feet feel young again.
Toenail Fungus Treatment
Have your nails turned thick and yellow over the years? Sometimes the nails grow cloudy or discolored due to reduced keratin production — a condition associated with aging. Years of banging the toenails around inside of shoes can also thicken the nails and make them harder to cut. Toenail fungus is another common culprit behind unsightly nails. Doctors generally prescribe oral medication (like Lamisil) to treat the disease, but these medicines can be tough on the liver. Here at our NY podiatrist office, we recommend that seniors look into laser toenail fungus removal treatment. The procedure is quick and painless, done right here in one of our offices. You will still need to wait six to twelve months (the duration it takes for the old fungus nail to grow out and a healthy, new nail to grow in), but laser toenail fungus treatment offers a more effective cure rate with fewer side effects.
Foot Pain Treatment
Arthritis is a common condition seniors face, but there are many other types of foot pain as well. Plantar fasciitis (heel pain), Morton’s Neuroma (nerve pain), flat feet, and neuropathy are a few other conditions our New York podiatrists treat. We have found excellent results using the latest technology, such as Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy, for foot pain. During a typical session, we use a gun and tube attached to an air compressor box to fire a shockwave into the foot to prompt the body’s natural healing mechanisms. You will only feel a mild sensation, somewhat like someone is bouncing a tennis ball off your foot. Up to 80% of patients say they are pain-free after one treatment, and nearly all patients are cured within six months.
It’s a misconception that bunions are an “old person’s problem.” They affect patients young and old, and tend to be hereditary. If your big toe starts pointing toward your other toes, rather than sticking straight out, then you should seek treatment before the condition worsens. If caught early, we can recommend insoles, pressure-reducing bunion pads, and pain medications. If your bunion progresses to become very swollen, painful and life-altering, then we can offer a consultation with one of our experienced podiatric surgeons. We know how to perform over 50 different types of bunion surgery, including the most innovative techniques.
New York Podiatric Care for Seniors
The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine aims to help you remain active. Whether you’re into golf, tennis, or another type of activity, we tailor our treatment to your lifestyle. Bunion surgery, laser toenail fungus treatment, and shockwave therapy for foot pain are just a few of our specialties. Book your appointment and be seen sooner, rather than later, to have younger feeling feet.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.