Senior Foot Care Seminar

foot care seniorsAn event titled “Breakfast with the Doctor” with Dr. Maria Chon takes place at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Oak Park Arms retirement community, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The subject is feet, and free foot screenings will be available to all attendees.

The weight of the world rests on a person’s feet. Podiatrists can help older people stay on their feet and continue to be active. Feet change with the aging process and so does the ability to care for feet.

Some common foot changes include:

  • decrease in the foot pad on the bottom of the foot
  • calluses
  • thickening or thinning of toenails
  • arthritis
  • swelling

Mobility can be affected by bunions, hammertoes, corns, calluses and a multitude of other foot issues. Feet take a beating – five to seven times your body weight with every step, and start to break down late in life as the fat pad under the foot shrinks, tendons weaken and arthritis sets in.

If one has foot pain or any changes in the skin on the feet, a podiatrist can make recommendations to improve health.

Some common sense tips about good foot health:

  • After bathing, one should dry well between the toes. This will decrease the development of athlete’s foot which can lead to further infection.
  • Dry skin can be alleviated by using a moisturizing cream on the feet and legs.
  • Toenails need to be trimmed. If health problems make it difficult to cut toenails, seek a professional, because if toenails are too long or thick, they can create more problems.
  • Wear properly fitting shoes. Pressure from shoes or stockings can promote ingrown nails or cause sores to develop under the nails.
  • Don’t let minor foot problems develop into large emergencies. If something is red, swollen and/or painful, consult your podiatric physician as soon as possible.

Dr. Chon has had an office in the Oak Park Arms for 14 years. It’s located in the south wellness corridor. Her office is open three days a week and she takes most major insurances. For an appointment, call 708-848-7334.

The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040.


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