When most people think of anti-aging, they think of protecting and reversing the signs of age on the outer appearance of their skin. In most cases, one would think about their face, neck and hands. But have you ever thought about the effects of aging on your feet? More importantly, how to protect your feet from the inside-out as you age?
Here are the 4 most common factors to consider as you age when it comes to protecting the integrity of your feet.
4 EFFECTS OF AGING ON YOUR FEET
PROBLEM 1: Dry Skin.
As the skin ages, it becomes dryer and has a higher risk of developing deep cracks which may become very painful, and even infected over time.
Da Vinci Solution – The skin around your foot and ankle must be kept appropriately moisturized and cared for. We recommend Dr. Canuso Products for Dry, Cracked Heels.
Dr. Dana Canuso (the founder of Dr. Canuso skincare) is a Podiatric Surgeon who has devoted her time to work with world renowned chemists in creating a line of products that not only treat the problem but also their causes when it comes to cracked heels and foot repair. She created an entire brand of luxury skincare designed exclusively for the feet and we stand by it 100% at Da Vinci Foot and Ankle podiatry. Read more about it here. You can purchase these products at all of our Da Vinci locations.
PROBLEM 2: The Wearing Down of Your Soles.
The thick padding on the soles of your feet may also wear down over time. This can lead to chronic pain, the development of calluses and even wounds or ulcers.
Da Vinci Solution – Preventing these problems include wearing proper footwear and cushioned socks. We highly recommend Dr. Blaines Revitaderm 40 Keratolytic Emollient for Calluses.
Infused with Aloe Vera, Chamomile, and Tea Tree Oil for their emollient properties, Revitaderm 40 Keratolytic will retain moisture for hours where applied and help to soften even the toughest of calluses on the feet. This product utilizes Urea (40%) as its softener and begins to work immediately upon application. We offer a Doctor approved pumice stone along with this product to assist in effective, clean callus removal.
PROBLEM 3: Circulatory Issues
Aging affects your circulatory system over time, especially in the lower half of your body. The blood vessels thicken and become stiffer which can lead to a slew of issues such as a slower exchange of nutrients and the stagnation of waste. As you age, you may experience an accumulation of fat as muscle tone diminishes and overall we have less total body water. This can lead to anemia and reduced healing time when injuries occur in our feet.
Da Vinci Solution – Having a detailed medical examination with one of our Doctors every 6 months will help you lower the risks of developing these chronic issues and treat them appropriately if they occur.
PROBLEM 4: Gait and Balance Deterioration.
As we age, everything in our body changes. This includes shifts in our bone structure which can lead to small, but significant changes in the way we walk. These “gait” changes can disturb our balance in a great way.
Da Vinci Solution – A professional evaluation of your gait each year can be done by one of our Doctors. If there is any poor change to your gait, our Doctors will provide the most appropriate assisted device or recommendation that will help to correct it. This can include custom orthotics, daily exercises or different footwear.
If you have any questions or concerns about aging and how it will (or has) affected your feet, please set up an appointment with one of our Doctors at Da Vinci Foot and Ankle.