Geriatric Foot Care

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

While proper foot care is important for everyone, seniors have the tendency to be more susceptible to certain conditions. Because of this, Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Greenville and Rockwall, Texas, provide comprehensive geriatric foot care services at both locations. If you’re due for a routine foot exam or are starting to experience ongoing issues with foot pain, stiffness, or fungal nails, among other issues, book an exam online or by phone today.

Geriatric Foot Care Q & A

Why is geriatric foot care important?

Geriatric foot care is a preventive portion of your overall health care management plan. Meeting with a podiatrist regularly is important to diagnose and treat:

  • Ingrown toenails
  • Fungal nails
  • Fallen arches
  • Foot ulcers 
  • Neuropathy 
  • Fractures 
  • Arthritis 

The purpose of geriatric foot care is to intervene early if any of these issues, or others, arise. This way, you won’t have to let foot pain and inflammation stop you from participating in the things you enjoy. 

When should I schedule a geriatric foot care exam?

The team at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists generally wants you to come in to the clinic about 2-4 times per year for routine preventive foot exams. 

Outside of these appointments, it’s important to have an evaluation if you experience:

  • Abnormal growths
  • Foot or ankle pain
  • Swelling around a joint
  • Open or slow-healing wounds
  • Redness or inflammation around a nail
  • Difficulty putting weight on your foot or ankle

You should also come in to Family Foot & Ankle Specialists if you develop corns or calluses since these are warning signs that your shoes may be rubbing your feet. This is concerning because it could increase your risk of infection. 

What happens during a geriatric foot care exam?

Your dedicated podiatrist inspects your feet thoroughly. They counsel you about any abnormalities they may notice and talk with you about any pain or related issues you’re experiencing. 

During your geriatric foot care exam, your podiatrist may also:

  • Gather foot X-rays
  • Trim your toenails
  • Treat foot wounds 
  • Remove corns or calluses
  • Recommend footwear or orthotics
  • Treat ingrown toenails, plantar warts, or fungal nail infections

Your podiatrist teaches you about lifestyle changes you can make to reduce foot problems and keep your feet healthy. For example, it’s important to always wear socks (particularly dry socks), avoid walking barefoot, and learn how to look for signs of foot wounds.

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists is dedicated to helping you prevent foot and ankle issues. If needed, the team is available for urgent care and trauma-related issues, including fractures, too.

Book your geriatric foot care appointment at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists today. You’re welcome to schedule online or over the phone with the location nearest you.