It is a sad fact that as we age, we become more prone to experiencing simple falls. These falls can often result in serious injury, low self-esteem, reduced movement with a lowering of confidence levels and ultimately, a loss of independence.
Older individuals are prone to conditions such as osteoporosis, which means their bones are more brittle and susceptible to fracture hence any fall can have serious consequences.
Various foot conditions can impact our balance, which in turn, can increase our likelihood of experiencing a fall.
Our Podiatrist, Raquel Fernandez is trained to treat your foot conditions in order to decrease the chance of experiencing a fall.
Common foot conditions that are often associated with falls are:
· Ingrown toenails
· Flat feet
· Diabetic-related conditions
The Correct Shoes to Wear
Another factor that can contribute to a fall is wearing the wrong design of shoes. Below is a list of features that you should look for when purchasing shoes:
· The width of your thumb should be able to fit between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
· The sole of the shoe should be flexible and higher at the back than at the front.
· Your arch must be fully supported.
· The ball of your foot should fit comfortably inside the width of the shoe.
The Benefits of Seeing a Podiatrist
Our Podiatrist, Raquel Fernandez can privately treat various foot conditions. She will examine your foot, how you walk, and assess any concerns that you may have. She will also take you through the traditional, non-surgical treatment options that we offer here at Pembroke Podiatry. Our feet need to be comfortable and pain free to keep mobility and balance at maximum levels- feet have a lot of work to do!
If you suffer from any foot issues, or if you have any concerns relating to feet, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Pembroke Podiatry and we can book you in with our highly skilled Podiatrist. You can call us on 0818 211 211 or book an appointment here on our website.