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Spring Checkup: Are Your Feet Healthy?

Posted by on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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The feet and ankles are easily overlooked by the public — that is, until something goes wrong and severe pain sends people running (or limping) to a podiatrist. It’s important that we make foot and ankle maintenance a part of our annual upkeep. Just as we schedule regular oil changes, tire rotations, and inspections for our cars, we should book annual checkups with a podiatrist to ensure that our mobility will be excellent for years to come.

Normal Changes to the Feet Over Time

The average person clocks an astounding 75,000 miles by the time he or she reaches age 50. Naturally, it’s expected that the foot will exhibit signs of a little wear-and-tear over time. One may wonder, “What is normal?”

It is perfectly normal for the foot:

– To become wider

– To become longer

– To experience a mild flattening of the arch, and

– To experience a thinning-out of the fat pads.

In addition, the ankle may:

– Lose some stability

– Lose slight range of motion

– Feel stiffer

As a result, many older people will need to adjust shoe sizes, shop for shoes with better support, and add custom orthotic insoles to their shoes for improved comfort.

Abnormal Changes to the Feet Over Time

There may be other problems or diseases that arise when the feet are used and abused over time. Examples of abnormal changes to the foot include:

– Arthritis: Do you have difficulty walking due to severe foot and ankle stiffness?

– Bunions: Do you have large deformed growths on your big or baby toes?

– Calluses: Do you have thick, tough skin on the bottoms or sides of your feet?

– Corns: Do you have soft or hard bumps on top of or in between your toes?

– Hammertoes: Do your little toes curl under instead of sticking straight out?

– Morton’s Neuroma: Do you have a painful marble-like bump on the forefoot?

It’s Spring Checkup Time: New York Foot Exams

A yearly exam with a New York podiatrist will help you track changes and nip foot pain in the bud. Early detection and treatment can help you avoid the need for surgery or other expensive interventions later on down the line. Spring is a time of renewal, so it makes sense to schedule your annual foot and ankle checkup now.

Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York, we have a friendly team of experienced, board-certified podiatrists who specialize in all different conditions, from diabetes and arthritis to bunions and sport injuries.

Our approach to foot pain begins with practical recommendations, like rest and icing, but also includes the latest technologies, like shockwave therapy and platelet-rich plasma injections, in addition to minimally-invasive surgery.

Insurance coverage for podiatrist services varies by plan and provider. Generally speaking, Medicare covers 100% of the cost of annual foot exams for diabetic patients. If you require prescription orthotics, most healthcare companies will subsidize a portion of the cost. For more information about New York foot exams, please contact us at 212-996-1900 (Manhattan podiatrists) or 914-328-3400 (Westchester podiatrists). For your convenience, we also allow online appointment scheduling. We hope to see you soon!

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. 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.