Aging Population Needs Podiatry Services

Footcare for Elderly PatientsThe Cincinnati podiatry industry is growing as an aging population and related factors fuel an increased need for foot care services. These are some future trends in podiatry along with resources that can help seniors take better care of their feet.

A recent article in InsuranceNewsNet.com describes continued growth in the podiatry industry due to demographic trends and increasing rates of diabetes and other conditions that require specialized foot care. Analysts found that 2012 revenue has grown 1.5% from 2011 and is expected to reach $4.7 billion for an annual total. Further increases are expected in 2014 as more people acquire health insurance as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed in 2010.

The practice of podiatry is also undergoing significant changes. As of now, most Cincinnati podiatrists are still solo practitioners, but they are increasingly joining larger group practices. This is expected to help manage rising costs and lead to more patients receiving care from podiatrists rather than their primary care provider for foot ailments.

If you’re a senior with sore feet, there are many surgical and non-surgical options to correct common problems and help you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. The National Institute on Aging, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, provides free information on preventive care and treatment. Their recommendations include wearing comfortable shoes that fit properly and getting your feet checked regularly. Talk with your foot doctor about tingling or numbness that could be signs of diabetes, or swelling that could indicate heart disease. Pain is often caused by treatable foot disorders and does not have to be accepted as a normal part of aging.

For more information on how to keep your feet comfortable and healthy as you grow older, contact our Cincinnati podiatry office today.

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