As people age they start to pay more attention to the things that assist and detract from their physical activity and mobility.
Dr David Kavanagh, musculoskeletal podiatrist at one of Australia’s leading foot and leg pain clinics, knows that feet and legs are key to maintaining physical activity.
“Our feet, knees and hips are crucial to our mobility but as we age these structures can be troublesome, due to a lifetime of stress through use,” he says.
“But we are now able to assist most concerns relating to these structures quite easily and very effectively, regardless of age.”
Common foot and leg concerns for over 55’s include general joint pain, muscle aches or weakness, decreased mobility, balance and stability issues, increased incidence of tripping or falling, progression of foot deformities (e.g. bunions, hammer toes, claw toes), corns and calluses, soft tissue degeneration, arthritis, gout, connective tissue injuries, tears, ruptures and ball of foot pain (Metatarsalgia).
“The key to effective treatment is determining contributing factors, finding the cause of concerns and not just treating the symptoms, addressing stress patterns and faulty biomechanics, strengthening, healing and conditioning tissues and assisting tissue regeneration for injuries/arthritis with natural injection therapies such as Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP),” Dr Kavanagh says.
“So don’t let ‘getting older’ keep you from enjoying your activities, there is nearly always something we can do to assist, even with the most complex of cases.”
Receive help at Foot and Leg Pain Clinics at locations across Melbourne and in Geelong, phone 1300 328 300.
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