The holidays take us out of our regular routines in all kinds of delightful ways—festive events, gatherings of friends and families, and time off to renew our wonder in the world and to reflect on the connections that matter to us. The flip side of this busy time of year, though, is that it is often a season of neglecting self-care as we rush from one thing to another.
Between shopping for presents, traveling or preparing to host guests, and decorating to bring the spirit of this special time into our homes, we may postpone regular visits to the doctor until things calm down. We might overindulge in seasonal treats and skip out on healthy activities. Worst of all, we may be tempted to minimize foot pain or minor injuries because we don’t want to miss out or worry our families. For seniors, especially those with underlying health conditions, that understandable moment of neglect can lead to long-term regret.
Foot problems are a common concern for senior citizens. However, when they are combined with other health issues, such as diabetes, poor circulation, and peripheral neuropathy, they have the potential to cause cascading negative effects. For example, a minor cut on a toe or a popped blister on a heel might go unnoticed by a patient who suffers from numbness in their feet, allowing the wound to become infected before it is spotted. Poor circulation then makes it difficult for the body to fight that infection. In the worst cases, this progression can lead to hospitalization and even amputation of the affected limb.
Waiting to deal with foot pain or injuries until they can’t be ignored and require a hospital visit almost certainly guarantees a worse outcome. Our healthcare system is under-resourced, and the professionals who provide diabetic foot care in an emergency room or hospital setting are unlikely to specialize in the needs of older patients. Despite their best efforts, when facilities are understaffed and overwhelmed, the quality of care they can deliver suffers. There’s no need to end up in an ER over the holidays, or at any time of year, with preventable foot problems. The answer is to visit Dr. Kelly.
At Dr. Kelly’s podiatry practice, service is key to the care she provides. She knows maintaining healthy feet can preserve a quality of life that lets you keep up the activities you love. She also knows that for seniors especially, having to wait to be seen can turn minor concerns into major problems. If you need to be seen for a diabetic foot checkup, treatment for an ingrown toenail, plantar warts, and other routine but potentially complicating issues, her podiatry center will get you in quickly for the care you need.
Dr. Kelly’s expertise in foot problems that occur with age gives her the insight to create individualized, multifaceted preventative care plans for her patients. These can include regular checkups, custom orthotics, specially fitted shoes, professional treatment for ingrown toenails or calluses, and recommendations for diet and lifestyle changes that will keep your feet pain-free and healthy. Her conservative approach seeks to avoid surgery or other invasive treatments. You receive continuity of care delivered by a compassionate expert who knows your case and your treatment goals inside and out.
Keep the joy in the holiday season by keeping your foot checkup at the top of your to-do list. Dr. Kelly will help ensure that your feet are ready to carry you through the festivities of December and into the coming year. For seniors, executives, and anyone whose time is valuable and who wants top-notch foot care, Las Vegas Footcare provides caring, personal service to eliminate foot problems and prevent them in the future. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 702-605-6220 or complete our online contact form today.