Did you know that there are over 300 different foot conditions? While some are inherited, many stem from ageing and years of use. The good news is that there’s no need to resign yourself to living with painful feet. Most of these conditions can be treated successfully, relieving foot pain and discomfort, and allowing you to get back in step!
Preventive care is an important part of ensuring healthy feet and mobility as we age. Our feet can actually change size over the years, so making sure you have the proper fit and adequate support is a great place to start. Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water and mild soap, then moisturise afterwards. Keep your nails trimmed and filed just short of the end of your toe. Developing these simple habits can help with common issues, such as dry skin and brittle nails. Regular walking, with proper footwear, is also a great option for most people, keeping you and your feet active and mobile. Taking care of your feet has many benefits, including increased comfort, less chance of infection and other medical problems developing, and continued mobility as we age.
As our feet grow older, they naturally develop more problems. Seeing a Podiatrist at least once a year can help reduce foot problems and address any issues you may have, including help with stubborn or hard to cut nails and appropriate self-care. Podiatrists provide services that will help to keep you on your feet, and they can catch any issues before they become uncomfortable.
Treeview is fortunate to have our very own visiting Podiatrist. Michelle (Shelby) McMillan is the Principal Podiatrist at Blue Mountains Foot Clinics. She established her practice in the Blue Mountains in 2011 and has clinics in Blackheath, Springwood, Wentworth Falls and Oberon, and has been working with Treeview residents for three years. She has more than 10 years of experience as a podiatrist having previously practiced in the Sutherland Shire and Inner West of Sydney. Shelby holds a Bachelor of Podiatry Medicine from the University of Newcastle.
I have been a client of Shelby the Podiatrist for the past three years. I find Shelby to be friendly, caring and very good at her job. If you need any podiatry work and a foot massage as well, then take a short walk to the Lifestyle Centre and you will come away feeling like you are walking on air. So a big thumbs up to Shelby. — Suzanne Long