Why Your Older Loved Ones Should See a Podiatrist


When you were a child, you probably couldn’t wait to grow up so you could do whatever you want. But somewhere along the line, you had to come to grips with the facts about getting older. Today, our podiatrists, Dr. Stuart Snyder and Dr. Sara Sharma of Maple Springs Foot Center, LLC are sharing some information to help you determine if it’s time for you or your older loved ones to see a podiatrist. 

Aging is most likely not as fun as you had imagined in your youth, but there are still many ways to enjoy an adult life, even in your golden years. It all begins with how well you maintain your body and your physical health. And of course, your foot health is beneficial in keeping you independent and mobile, which allows you to perform the activities you love. 

To begin, it’s worth noting that - as with patients of any age - seniors should visit a podiatrist as soon as they become aware of any ankle or foot problems. Timely treatment is always best for quick recovery and healing. By allowing a problem to go unaddressed, it can potentially lead to an escalation in the loss of functionality and increased pain. 

Here are four main reasons seniors should visit a podiatrist. 

Help in putting together an exercise program. The benefits of exercise are numerous. However, before beginning an exercise program, it is best to seek the counsel of trained professionals. Be sure to consult with your podiatrist to ensure that you - and your feet - are ready for a boost in your physical activity! 

Toenail maintenance. Many seniors don’t trim their toenails properly, resulting in ingrown toenails. This can cause pain and discomfort, but it also puts them at risk for various infections. We can provide guidelines on correct toenail-trimming practices, and we also provide toenail-trimming services for those who can’t do it themselves. 

Hygiene training. Your podiatrist can also educate seniors on how to prevent fungal toenails and how to properly wash your feet for optimum health. 

Diabetic foot care services. Diabetes is a condition that affects the body in many different ways, and it is a serious mistake to ignore the effects it can have on your feet. Charcot foot and diabetic foot ulcers are two major reasons that diabetic foot care is vital to your overall health. 

Dr. Stuart Snyder and Dr. Sara Sharma of Maple Springs Foot Center, LLC offer comprehensive foot care services, for patients of all ages! If you or a loved one needs help keeping your feet healthy, call our office today at (301) 762-3338 to schedule an appointment or book it online.